Joost Jan Laurens Marie Bierens

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BACKGROUND Bystanders make a critical difference in the survival of drowning victims. Little information on their role before arrival of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is available in the scientific literature. In a descriptive study, this role is investigated. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied 289 rescue reports (1999-2004) available from the Dutch(More)
BACKGROUND Self-directed BLS-training, using a personal training manikin with video has been shown to be as effective as instructor-led training. This has not previously been investigated for AED-training. MATERIALS AND METHODS This prospective, randomized study with a non-inferiority design compared traditional instructor-led training with three(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVES To analyze prognostic indicators and the outcome of resuscitation in submersion victims (drowning and near drowning). DESIGN Retrospective study. SETTING Intensive and Respiratory Care Unit. Between January 1, 1979, and December 31, 1985, 87 submersion victims were admitted. The files of 83 victims were available for statistical(More)
PURPOSE To compare the educational benefits and cost-effectiveness of initial AED training for nurses, already trained in basic life support, by a 3-h, instructor-based course, with self-training by means of an instructional poster, a resuscitation manikin, and a training AED. METHODS Thirty general ward nurses from a single regional hospital were(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To investigate the ability of laypeople to apply basic CPR techniques after recent training. DESIGN Cross-sectional assessment of practical CPR skills. TYPE OF PARTICIPANTS 151 laypeople who were trained twice in the preceding 20 to 24 months. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS Practical skills were tested using six primary recorded(More)
AIM Our objectives were to determine the most effective, safe, and feasible first aid (FA) techniques and procedures, and to formulate valid recommendations for training. We focussed on emergencies involving few casualties, where emergency medical services or healthcare professionals are not immediately present at the scene, but are available within a short(More)
Professional health care workers have access to guidelines, equipment and techniques to reduce the exposure to infectious material in case of resuscitation. The current official content of national courses for volunteer life-savers do not address this issue, as far as we know. Concern about the risks of infection due to resuscitation is increasing in this(More)