European Resuscitation Council

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The European Resuscitation Council (ERC) deals scientifically with resuscitation and the unstable cardiological patient in a broader sense. This includes in particular the promotion of research, the publication of relevant research results, the development and publication of treatment guidelines and courses for various addressees.


The ERC was founded by the Stockholm cardiologist Lars Mogensen. Mogensen was impressed with the work done by the RCs in the UK and Scandinavia. He gave a speech on resuscitation at a congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in 1985. As a result, a permanent working group on resuscitation was established in 1986. At the same time, the American Heart Association (AHA) concepts and courses were well developed and accepted in America . While there was an effort to formulate global uniform goals with ILCOR , there was no pan-European concept. Nevertheless, the work of the permanent working group could not be enforced within the ESC. Ultimately, a few leading cardiologists and anesthetists met in Vienna and founded the ERC in 1988. The first official meeting took place in Antwerp in 1990 under the direction of Peter Basket and Leo Bossard.

Some ERC members and individual trainers were already active in Germany, but the first German trainer course (GIC) did not take place until 2001 in Göttingen at the university clinic . The then anesthesiologist Prof. D. Kettler had invited due to his participation in the "German Advisory Board for First Aid and Resuscitation" at the Medical Association and a professional friendship with Peter Basket (at the time chairmen and editor of the magazine Resuscitation ).

The first German-language courses of the ERC / IRC course family (European Resuscitation Council / Italian Resuscitation Council) have been held in South Tyrol since 2000. This includes the Pediatric Basic Life Support and the Pediatric Advanced Life Support of the Italians, who laid the foundation for the European Pediatric Life Support (2002) and for the courses in Germany and Austria. The largest German subsidiary of the South Tyrolean mother center is located in Hanover at the Hanover Medical School . The majority of the German-language courses are offshoots of the Spanish and Italian courses, some of which were created as independent projects as early as the early 1990s.

The first German ALS course centers were formed at the Göttingen University Hospital , at the Maltese University in Aachen and at the Mainz University Hospital , as well as at the Dresden University Hospital . Pediatric course centers followed at the children's intensive care units of various university hospitals.


The ERC publishes its own, usually multilingual training documents and the current standards of resuscitation (currently from October 2015). In addition, the membership magazine Resuscitation is published, which focuses on emergency medicine, pediatrics , neonatology , anesthesiology and cardiology .

Course offers

  • BLS - Basic Life Support , basic resuscitation course (in Germany course cardiopulmonary resuscitation - CPR)
  • ILS - Immediate Life Support , basic course for "health professionals"
  • ALS - Advanced Life Support
  • EPILS - European Pediatric Immediate Life Support , the European PBLS (Pediatric Basic Life Support) course with cooperation with the emergency team
  • EPLS - European Pediatric Life Support , the European equivalent to P-ALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
  • ENLS - European Newborn Life Support , resuscitation course for newborns
  • GIC - Generic Instructor Course , trainer course, by invitation only
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The lecturers at the ERC are generally volunteers, but in an attractive setting and at no cost. You can become a lecturer if you get “IP” (Instructor Potential) certified on a course. This is done by majority vote and on the basis of certain criteria and is considered an invitation to the trainer course. In the meantime, professional course centers have switched to models from England and other European countries, in which instructors teach during the official working hours or for a fee.


Members get access to the website with the archive of the magazine Resuscitation , a printed edition of it, as well as discounts at congresses and the like. Ä.

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