Sweden’s citizen responder system is expanding beyond national borders. It was launched nationwide in Denmark on 1 May 2020 under the name TrygFonden Hjerteløber. Denmark is now the first country in Europe with a common and nationwide system. The system was introduced there by TrygFonden, which has been actively working for several years to make Denmark an even more secure society to live in.
There are already many citizen responders in Denmark (close to 105,000 people), and during 2020, TrygFonden ran campaigns across Denmark to recruit even more.
”It’s absolutely fantastic that the Heartrunner system is now nationwide. Now all of Denmark can save lives with a single system and citizen responders can come to the rescue no matter where in the country they are. Danes have welcomed the system with open arms and shown that they are ready to help others in need,” says Project Manager Grethe Thomas from TrygFonden.
”It feels great to do what we can to help more people survive cardiac arrest, and to know that the training and expertise around CPR and AEDs which exist in society can now be put to good use,” adds David Fredman, Operations Manager at Heartrunner Sweden AB, which developed and operates the system.
The ILCOR (International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation) and the ERC (European Resuscitation Council) recommend introducing systems for citizen responding in all countries. Read more.