„Introducing Advanced Life Support Certified Trainings Into Czech Republic“ is a joint project of the Czech Resuscitation Council, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and Polish Resuscitation Council. It has been awarded financial support by the European Commission under the Leonardo da Vinci / Transfer of Innovation grant scheme.
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.
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 physician’s 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. There is no formal CPR training available in the Czech Republic recognized in other EU countries other than Advanced Life Support Provider Course. This site is dedicated to its promotion under auspices of the Czech Resuscitation Council.
The project implements 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 project leader is The Czech Resuscitation Council, national partner of the European Resuscitation Council.
The course was developped in compliance with the European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation, which provide specific instructions for how resuscitation should be practiced and take into account ease of teaching and learning, as well as the science. They were developed by Europeans and have been specifically written with European practice in mind.
 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.