BLS/AED Provider Courses

posted Sep 3, 2015, 9:07 AM by Malta MRC   [ updated Feb 4, 2017, 4:46 AM ]

BLS/AED Provider Courses

The Malta Resuscitation Council (MRC)
In collaboration with
The European Resuscitation Council (ERC)
Is organising two (2)

BLS/AED Provider Courses

On the following dates
Saturday 17th October 2015
Saturday 31st October 2015

Time:  8:30am – 1:00pm
Venue: Simulation Centre, Mater Dei Hospital

Applications are open to all those interested in Resuscitation. Course duration is approximately 4.5 hours and consists of a lecture followed by practical sessions. Certificates will be endorsed by both the MRC and the ERC and will be accepted as a pre-course requisite for those candidates who intend to sit for future ILS and ALS courses locally or abroad.

Applications can be downloaded from the link on Kura or else a hard copy can be obtained from the Secretary at Accident and Emergency Department in Mater Dei Hospital. They are also available on the links below. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Application form for Saturday 17th October 2015: <removed>
Application form for Saturday 31st October 2015: <removed>

N.B. Closing dates: 26th September and 10rd October 2015 respectively

No applications will be accepted after the respective closing dates. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and the number of participants per course is strictly limited.

Why Introduce Basic Life Support / CPR Training during National School Education

posted Jul 11, 2015, 11:34 PM by Mauro Henrique   [ updated Jul 21, 2015, 9:05 PM ]

Why Introduce Basic Life Support / CPR Training during National School Education

The Malta Resuscitation Council is fully committed to raising cardiac awareness through Resuscitation training within a National School education programme.

Initial training of Health and Safety Teachers working within the Department of Education in Basic life Support training and skills in teaching BLS to school children was carried out during a two day intensive training course carried out on the 7th and 8th. July. This training will consolidate the foundation of a core group of trained teachers who are well placed within the National School framework to set the ball rolling in commencing widespread Basic life support training in schools over the forthcoming years. With backing from the Ministry of Education this may lead to fulfilling the goal of ensuring that every child finishes his formal school years certified in Cardiopulmonary resuscitation prior to being released into the ‘outside world’.


Sudden cardiac death is one of the major issues in global health care. At least 700,000 people die each year in Europe following sudden cardiac death with unsuccessful out-of-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); this amounts to 2,000 deaths every day. 

Statistics show that:

  • Less than 1 out of 10 patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survive today.
  • Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is witnessed in 60-80%.
  • Bystander CPR is delivered in less than 1 in 5 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.
  • Increasing this rate will save 200,000 additional lives in Europe and in the U.S. every year.

It is logical therefore to include resuscitation training in school programs and teaching CPR to all school children will therefore lead to a marked improvement in global health. Thus one of the most important steps in increasing the rate of bystander resuscitation and improving survival worldwide is to educate all school children.

This concept is already very successful in Scandinavia. It was shown that the rate of bystander CPR nearly doubled after five years, with a threefold improvement in survival following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest over ten years.

National School Curriculum

The Malta Resuscitation Council is advocating that Resuscitation Training is introduced within the National school curriculum. The positive advantages of doing so are multiple:

  • The school environment is the recognised ideal natural setting to implement a concept that requires a teaching and training process as learning in school is already the main activity in schools. In teaching this essential life skill schoolchildren provide a captive and attentive audience who readily accept new concepts. They are better motivated than the adult population and learn new techniques more readily.

  • Long-term advantage: Teaching the school children body is an excellent opportunity to train a large population of the future adult population in become the future adult life-savers. 

  • Immediate advantage: Leaving secondary education certified in Basic Life Support immediately improves the present pool of trained BLS providers who can initiate essential CPR procedures on encountering cardiac arrest victims in the community.

  • Children aged 13 years and over are able to perform chest compressions as effectively as adults in accordance with recommendations in the guidelines.

  • Younger children can use the knowledge gained during this training to assess the need for CPR when faced with these incidents and also can activate the Emergency Medical Services early themselves.

  • Although younger children may not be physically capable of carrying out effective chest compressions and ventilations they are an important source of knowledge which can be used in teaching these lifesaving skills to the other family members including their parents. As a consequence of this, there will be a rise in cardiac awareness throughout the community.

  • Increasing the interest and sense of importance of life saving skills in out of hospital cardiac arrest to a wide audience is enhanced early in life. 

  • Instilling resuscitative skills at this age will increase the spontaneity and automaticity of responding when faced with a cardiac arrest situation.

  • In training soon to be school leavers there is provision of life saving skills and knowledge are made available to a large cohort of the younger generation at an opportune time in an adolescent’s life where relocation from their parents’ home into the community coupled with initial early employment experience increases the probability of encountering a cardiac arrest situation.

  • There are a variety of cultural and social aspects to be found within the school environment and thus teaching across all borders may possibly decrease time delays to start CPR when faced with similar social barriers or cultural population groups when dealing with the cardiac arrest victim.

  • The teaching of these important life skills at this level of education is markedly different to any other subjects or skills taught during the school years. The added skills increase the students’ self-esteem and instil the introduction of personal responsibility to assist in emergency situations.  It also increases the notion of personal civic duty to the National Community.

A legislative mandate by the local governments of each European country will strengthen the resolve on increasing the pool of trained bystanders from the younger generation thus improving the mortality of out of hospital cardiac arrest.

The Malta Resuscitation Council believes that this is the way forwards in saving lives within our Community and the local Government has a duty to follow suit.

ERC Congress 2015

posted Feb 10, 2015, 2:18 AM by Malta MRC   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 3:30 AM ]

ERC Congress 2015

This year's congress will be held in Prague and the official website is up!

Thursday October 29th 09:00 to Saturday October 31st 17:30

Early registration until 15th August

Official Website

Preliminary Program


European ‘Restart a Heart’ Day... Your hands can save a loved one’s life!

posted Oct 15, 2014, 2:31 PM by Malta MRC   [ updated Feb 4, 2017, 5:13 AM ]

European ‘Restart a Heart’ Day... Your hands can save a loved one’s life!

October 16th 2014

Learning CPR is easy and anyone can do it! 

Without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction or training most people would feel helpless in responding to a sudden cardiac collapse. Simply put, with statistics strongly indicating that over 80% of cardiac arrests occur at home, the life you may save by learning CPR is most likely to be someone you love.

‘Your hands can save a loved one’s life!’ is this year’s theme for Restart a Heart day which is being marked on the 16th. October of each year by the European Resuscitation Council. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can occur at any age, often claiming victims during their most productive years, and thus devastating unprepared families. In view of this the European Parliament recognized the importance of raising public cardiac arrest awareness and the importance of learning CPR by implementing a declaration in 2012, signed by the majority of MEPs, to assist in improving the survival figures of out of hospital cardiac arrest victims.

Over the past 12 months, the Malta Resuscitation Council supported and played an active role in ensuring that two of the links in the all-important chain of cardiac arrest survival in Malta were strengthened. This was done by:

1. Promoting the teaching of basic life support to our children at school by encouraging the Department of Education to introduce BLS teaching within the National School Curriculum. This would ensure that every child leaves school with an added life skill which will definitely strengthen the health of our Community.

2. Promoting the introduction of further Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed within various strategic public locations especially where large number of people normally gather thereby making the risk of sudden cardiac arrest occurrence greater. Earlier this year, the Malta Resuscitation Council supported the noble endeavour by the organizers of the ‘Maratona bir-Roti’ project at San Gorg Preca School in Hamrun to introduce these lifesaving machines in as many local schools as possible. Time will attest the importance of this civic venture.

The home environment is the scene for about 4 out of 5 of all sudden cardiac arrests and almost 60 percent of these are witnessed by the victims’ family members. In addition it is estimated that about 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital. Survival is directly linked to the time delay between the onset of cardiac arrest and initiation of CPR and defibrillation. 

If no bystander CPR is provided, a victim’s chances of survival are reduced by 7 to 10 percent with every minute of delay until defibrillation.
Thus through this year’s Restart a Heart campaign ‘Your hands can save a loved one’s life,’ the Malta Resuscitation Council is encouraging cardiac arrest awareness amongst the family members of patients with a higher risk of sudden cardiac arrest by advising CPR training, Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you may save through training is likely to be someone at home: a child, a parent or a friend.

With a cardiac arrest occurring roughly every 45 seconds within Europe, further CPR training by members within the family unit will ensure that many a loved one’s life will certainly be saved!

Meeting with the EU Commissioner for Health

posted Oct 1, 2014, 3:18 AM by Malta MRC   [ updated Feb 4, 2017, 5:20 AM ]

Meeting with the EU Commissioner for Health

Meeting between the Malta Resuscitation Council and Dr. Tonio Borg, 

EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy

Dar l-Ewropa, Valletta

28th. July 2014

Introducing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation teaching within the National School Curriculum of the Member states of the European Union

A cordial meeting was held between the EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Dr. Tonio Borg and Dr. Jonathan Joslin, Chairperson and Dr. Anna Spiteri Vice Chairperson representing the Malta Resuscitation Council at Dar l-Ewropa in Valletta, Malta on the 28th. July 2014. The discussion which lasted about 90 minutes mainly focussed on methods of decreasing overall cardiac mortality as a result of Cardiac Arrest through increased community bystander training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

The most effective way to increase the percentage population of trained BLS providers is to teach Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in schools introducing this   ‘life skill’ within the National School Curriculum of  EU member state countries, where schoolchildren finish their secondary education better prepared to deal with this cardiac emergency and effectively increase the trained pool of pre-hospital responders.

Discussion emphasised that a legislative mandate introduced by the various local governments within all EU Member States would help strengthen the resolve on increasing this required pool of trained bystanders from the younger student generation and would in turn improve mortality in out of hospital cardiac arrest. In line with the ERC policy the Malta Resuscitation Council is committed to raising cardiac awareness through the introduction of Basic Life Support training within the National School Curriculum.

This is the way forwards in saving lives!

European Restart a Heart day 2014

posted May 24, 2014, 12:12 AM by Malta MRC   [ updated Feb 4, 2017, 5:10 AM ]

European Restart a Heart 2014

Loved Ones saving lives!

European Restart a Heart Day is being organised by the European Resuscitation Council again this 16th October 2014, aiming to save more than 100.000 teach members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest in order to improve the very low numbers of people surviving the event.


Restart A Heart Official Website


Check out the Maltese and English posters.


Maratona bir-Roti

posted Feb 12, 2014, 6:31 AM by Malta MRC   [ updated Feb 4, 2017, 5:18 AM ]

Maratona bir-Roti

Malta Resuscitation Council Supports Initiative of Maratona bir-Roti

The initiative of the ‘Maratona bir-Roti’ to introduce Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in schools is being fully supported by the Malta Resuscitation Council as this is certainly the way forwards in ensuring health and safety not only of our schoolchildren in case of sudden cardiac arrest but also as Schools and Colleges serve as centres for adult learning during the evening hours, this initiative will also assist in enhancing the emergency response for possible cardiac arrest in more senior members of the community. The Malta Resuscitation Council would like to ensure that no further lives are lost within schools especially those belonging to our young ones. Equipping schools with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and teaching school nurses, teachers and others who work within school premises on how to use this equipment can give cardiac arrest victims another chance at life.


Concepts in Evolution

posted Jan 29, 2014, 3:24 AM by Malta MRC   [ updated Feb 4, 2017, 4:53 AM ]

Concepts in Evolution

Date: Saturday 5th April 2014
Location: Le Meridien Hotel, St. Julians, Malta
Main theme: Concepts in Evolution

The Association of Emergency Physicians of Malta (AEPM) is organizing it's first conference:

"The scientific programme is diverse and will reflect the exciting development of various facets of emergency medicine from prehospital care and major incident management to updates in use of ultrasound and toxicology, trauma teams, paediatric emergency medicine, training in EM and team building. There will also be an innovative interactive simulation session at the end. The programme will therefore be of interest to Emergency Medicine and other hospital specialists, specialists in Family Medicine, nurses, as well as medical and nursing students.

I am pleased to announce that we will be honoured with the presence of several distinguished international and local speakers, all of whom are experts in their fields. Their contribution will ensure the high standard of the scientific programme. The valued support from industry sponsors which will enable us to organise and sponsor this conference is also much appreciated."

Official website:

Invitation by Dr. Anna Spiteri (President of the AEPM)

Registration Form: <removed>

Resuscitation 2014

posted Dec 17, 2013, 3:41 PM by Malta MRC   [ updated Feb 4, 2017, 5:21 AM ]

Resuscitation 2014

Date: 15th - 17th May 2014

Main theme: The Pathway to new Guidelines


Important deadlines:
30 Dec 2013 - Peter Baskett Bursary
15 Jan 2014 - Abstract submission
15 Mar 2014 - Early registration
05 May 2014 - Late registration
See you there!

ERC Congress Live

posted Oct 25, 2013, 8:54 AM by Mauro Henrique   [ updated Feb 4, 2017, 4:57 AM by Malta MRC ]

ERC Congress Live!

The Resuscitation 2013 symposium has started!

"Outcomes" is the main theme and the many workshops, presentations and discussions have been bringing world leading experts and ambitious professionals together.

Check out the Scientific Programme and the latest news!

Also start planning for next year's symposium in Bilbao, Spain on the 15th, 16th and 17th May 2014.

See you there!


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