The national network of volunteers in Netherlands who can help in the case of cardiac arrest with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has grown to 245,000 people with 24,000 AEDs now across the country, up from 12,000 four years ago. As a result, resuscitation can be started within six minutes throughout the Netherlands. According to the foundation, civilian emergency workers are on site 2.5 minutes faster than an ambulance. According to Hartstichting, approximately 17,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside the hospital every year.

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