Laienreanimationstraining in Österreich: Eine Übersicht und Annäherung

Translated title of the contribution: Layperson basic life support education in Austria: An overview

Christoph Veigl, Simon Orlob, Thomas Kloimstein, Benedikt Schnaubelt, Mario Krammel, Markus Draxl, Lukas Feurhuber, Johannes Wittig, Joachim Schlieber, Sebastian Schnaubelt*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal article (peer-reviewed)Journal article


Early interventions of laypersons can improve the survival and neurological outcome in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. There are several organizations in Austria which train lay people in basic life support and raise awareness for sudden cardiac death. To obtain an overview of the various initiatives, a questionnaire was sent to 26 organizations, and 15 of the organizations (58%) replied. The geographical distribution of the organizations between rural and urban areas was illustrated in a map. Most of them are situated in a university city, resulting in accessibility disparities for individuals in urban and rural settings. Layperson resuscitation education in Austria is largely dependent on the individual commitments of volunteers. The time spent practicing chest compressions in resuscitation courses ranges from 25% to 90% of the total course time. Furthermore, reasons for a lack of scientific endeavours could be identified, and solutions are suggested. Through better networking between organizations and initiatives, more laypersons could be trained in the future, which would lead to improved survival chances for persons suffering from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Austria. Appropriate support by political bodies and public authorities is and will remain a key element.

Translated title of the contributionLayperson basic life support education in Austria: An overview
Original languageGerman
JournalWiener Klinische Wochenschrift. The Central European Journal of Medicine
Early online date01 Feb 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 01 Feb 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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