Title Introducing Advanced Life Support Certified Trainings Into Czech Republic
Project Number 2011-1-CZ1-LEO05-07489
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country CZ-Czech Republic
Marketing Text This project introduced Advanced Life Support Provider trainings into Czech Republic, in compliance with European Resuscitation Council's teaching methods and guidelines. Its target group were physicians, emergency nurses, paramedics and other first-contact medical personel.
In 2009, of all the patients treated for acute coronary syndrome, were 26.224 at home in the time of first symptoms manifestation, meaning that an appropriate emergency response to circulatory instability or failure was of a vital importance; furthermore, 7.815 patients were resuscitated by the emergency teams in the pre-hospital settings, majority of them due to cardiac arrest caused by acute cardiovascular disease . We do not have a reliable statistics on in-hospital cardiac arrest incidence, but from the systematic point of view, the importance of high quality resuscitation care is on the same level of priorities; the estimate is that sudden cardiac arrest is present in 1-5 hospital admissions .
So far, the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) procedures both by pre-hospital and in-hospital professionals are performed on the basis of the state-of-the-art recommendations published by the national physicians' societies , with adherence to the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), a multidisciplinary scientific institution, playing the key role in setting guidelines and recommendations on emergency care. Nevertheless, there was no formal CPR training available in the Czech Republic recognized in other EU countries.
This project proposal suggested to implement structured certified vocational training system of emergency professionals, performed in the EU since 1990s, to the Czech Republic, in order to:
1/ ensure higher quality of vital care through professional vocational training innovation and lifelong learning
2/ stimulate multinational scientific know-how flow in the field of resuscitation
3/ facilitate personal development, employability and participation in the European labour market through recognized uniform European Resuscitation Council certification of skills and knowledge.
The applicant was The Czech Resuscitation Council, national partner of the European Resuscitation Council.
 World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe: European health for all database (HFA-DB), Updated: July 2010.
 Ministry of Health: Activity of Health Establishments Annual Report, A (MZ) 1-01, 2010.
 European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation 2010. Resuscitation 1 October 2010 (volume 81 issue 10)
 Czech Society for Emergency and Disaster Medicine: Resuscitation. State-of-the-art recommendation, 2009.
Similarly to other developed societies, cardiovascular disease is the Nr. 1 killer in the Czech Republic. Although we have seen a major improvement since the beginning of the transformation – ischaemic heart disease standardized death rate fell from 311 per 100000 inhabitants in 1990 to 176 in 2008  – the cost of ischaemia remains too high. In comparison to the EU average (SDR 90 per 100000) or even better with the pre-2004 EU member states populations (SDR 71), probably more can be done in this field.
The Grant Contract was signed in November 2011, the project management team appointed. The project budget was changed following the consultations with the National Agency at the very beginning of the project, resulting in the Annex to the Project Contract. Partnership contracts were signed with the project partners.
The Medical Co-ordinator was invited to the European Resuscitation Council Course Directors´ Day in Vienna (18.-19.1.2012), which was for the first time a Czech representative was present at the event.
Two Advanced Life Support Provider courses were held in March 2012, booked to their maximum capacity and with a great feedback; third one and a Generic Instructor Course took place in December 2012.
A fourth and fifth ALS Provider courses took place in March 2013. A sixth (and last) together with the second (and last) Generic Instructor Course were held in August 2013.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
program or curricula
The project did met all expected objectives.
1) Number of expected instructors, instructors candidates and instructors potentials, at the end of the project, is much higher than
we expected in the Project Application.
2) Participants ́ feedback is clearly showing that the introduction of Advanced Life Support Provider course (ALS) has made a real
difference in the vocational training of emergency physicians, nurses and paramedics. The vast majority of the participants is stating
the course was very useful for their clinical practice and that they will recommend it to their colleagues (see feedback analyse in
3) All the objectives were met with a budget considerably lower than approved.
4) Beside the expected results, savings made in the time of the project made possible translation of the official course manual,
which is an originally unexpected achievement.
5) This year, the Czech Society of Emergency Medicine recommended the course to become a compulsory component of lifelong
learning for all physicans who choose emergency medicine as their speciality.
Now, by the end of the project, the Czech republic is fully competent in delivering Advanced Life Support Courses in Czech, and with
fully czech-speaking Faculty.
All this make the project a big success in the field of vocational training in healthcare in the Czech republic. Without the grant
funding, this would probably happen anyway, but in a much longer time - 10 years perhaps, considering other countries ́ experience.
More information on the Advanced Life Support Provider courses can be found on the stand-alone webpage dedicated to the project: http://ALSprovider.cz