Motorhome + defibrillator = true

    Last weekend was this year's Caravan Fair. It was a successful event that attracted RV and camping enthusiasts. The fair presented the latest in motorhomes, camping equipment and travel destinations. Visitors could explore luxury vehicles, participate in informative seminars and enjoy food and entertainment offerings. It was an inspiring experience for travel enthusiasts and those who want to start their own adventure. Still, there was one thing missing: defibrillators.

    Carrying a defibrillator in a caravan can be a decision that has the potential to make the difference between life and death. This small, portable medical device is designed to deliver an electric shock to a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, and it's important to understand why it's essential to carry one, as well as other first aid equipment, when traveling.


    We will now look at the 7 most important reasons to have a defibrillator in the car:


    1. Quick response is essential:

    Cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating, and time is of the essence for survival. The faster a person gets help, the greater the chance of survival. When you are on the road with a caravan, it can be a long way to the nearest hospital. Having a defibrillator in your car can mean the difference between waiting for professional medical help and being able to start life-saving treatment immediately.


    2. Unforeseeable situations:

    When traveling in a caravan, you can end up in situations where you are far from a hospital or medical help. This can include remote campsites, mountainous areas or deserted stretches of road. Having first aid equipment available can be a crucial resource when faced with such unpredictable situations.


    3. The age group of motorhome travelers:

    Many who travel by motorhome are older adults or pensioners who may be at increased risk of cardiac arrest. It is known that age, lifestyle and underlying medical conditions can increase the risk of heart problems. Having medical equipment on board can provide extra security for elderly travelers and their relatives.


    4. Time saving:

    In an emergency, it is important to act quickly. Waiting for an ambulance or other professional medical help can take time, especially in the countryside. A defibrillator provides the ability to start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and deliver a shock to restore normal heart function immediately. This can help reduce the time wasted and increase the chances of survival.


    5. Ease of use:

    Modern defibrillators are designed for ease of use and are equipped with instructions and guidance to help even the uninitiated perform the correct treatment. This means that even people without medical training can use a defibrillator effectively.


    6. Social responsibility:

    Having first aid equipment on board a vehicle is not only a decision that concerns you and those traveling with you, but it is also a responsibility to the wider community. By being equipped to deal with cardiac arrest, you may also be able to help others in need, whether they are fellow travelers in cars on the road or people in nearby camping areas. Being well equipped can help a lot in the rescue effort.


    7. Assurance of security:

    Having a defibrillator on board provides a sense of security and safety. This can help reduce stress and worries related to health when traveling. Safety is an important factor in being able to fully enjoy the travel experience.


    And most importantly: you save lives

    Having a defibrillator in an RV is a decision that can literally save lives. It provides the ability to act quickly in emergency situations, especially when medical help may be far away. It is a way to take responsibility for your own health and safety, as well as a way to contribute to the community by being prepared to help others in need. Therefore, anyone traveling with a motorhome or caravan should consider investing in a defibrillator as an important part of their emergency medical equipment.


    We have satisfied customers

    At Folkestarteren, all our defibrillators are suitable for the road. We have several satisfied customers with caravans and motorhomes, buses and cars. The most famous of them is perhaps Otto Robsahm, also known as Sinnasnekker'n. A defibrillator from us was there when they filmed the show.


    My partner Ken A. Brox has previously worked as an ambulance worker, and has explained a lot to me about life-saving first aid. We both see the importance of a defibrillator. We actually have one each in the cars we drive, and thus they are involved in assignments throughout Norway."

    - Otto Robsahm, Facebook 2017


    Do like Otto and get yourself a defibrillator today! Contact us for a non-binding offer.

    Many people train hard for their summer body, but can it be too much?

    Now that we are heading towards summer, many people have gotten their running shoes ready. Most people want to look and feel better when it is warm - because we wear less and lighter clothing. Everybody knows that exercise is good. Exercise gets the heart rate up and pushes the body to perform, which is what we are made for. There are still some who take it too far. Overtraining, training for more hours than the body can handle, training every single day, etc. And then we have athletes; they have a lifestyle where they train like a job. We hear more and more about athletes experiencing sudden cardiac arrest in the media. This makes one wonder; does strenuous exercise increase the risk of cardiac arrest?


    Are more athletes getting cardiac arrests?

    There are many people who have become skeptical about high intensity training lately. It is not so strange when there is news story after news story about footballers, sprinters and other athletes who have suddenly fallen over because their heart stopped. Since they exercise so much, are they not "healthier" than most people? The answer is yes, they are generally in better health than Average Joe. Finnish researchers studied national team athletes in the 90s and compared them with ordinary people in good health. The results showed that athletes live longer and have less need for health services later in life. The control group had a particularly higher incidence of cardiovascular disease.1

    Why then are there so many athletes who suffer cardiac arrest? The answer is probably that the media makes it look like a bigger problem than it is. We don't hear about all the ordinary people going into cardiac arrest, but when a well-trained person does, it's called news. One must also remember that athletes are not invulnerable. They can have illnesses and problems like everyone else. In many of the cases, autopsies have shown that the young and healthy people who died of cardiac arrest had an undetected heart defect or disease. The hard training affected the heart in an indirect way: it did not withstand the strain over time as a healthy heart would.2


    Should the average person be concerned?

    Now you might be thinking: what if I have an undetected heart defect? Is it not dangerous for me to exercise hard in case I have a cardiac arrest? The answer is again no. Athletes have trained up to the amount of training they have over time and can withstand more pressure, but they still train a lot and hard.

    An ordinary person who has an undiagnosed heart condition and does not exercise much may never experience a cardiac arrest, but that does not mean that everyone should avoid high-intensity exercise as a precaution. As said, this is quite rare. However, it is wise for all arenas that do sports to have a defibrillator available, too high a heart rate can cause a lot of stress on a weak heart. Those with asthma and other conditions should be more careful, but the same advice applies: take it easy at the start and see what you can do.


    Those with heart disease and heart failure should still exercise

    Contrary to popular belief, it is good to exercise even when you have heart disease. Regular exercise is good for everyone and will help those with a weaker heart build up their heart muscles. If you have acute myocarditis or have had a concussion in the heart, you should consult a doctor and be careful, but otherwise you should be able to manage a jog.3


    It is both healthy and smart to exercise regularly

    So yes, the risk of cardiac arrest is higher during activity than at rest, but the benefits of exercising regularly are so high that for most people, exercise is a good idea. You minimize the chance of cardiovascular disease, you feel better in everyday life, your body becomes stronger and you will live longer on average.

    Exercise as much as you want (but not too much). Just be sure to use enough sunscreen, good shoes, loose clothes, drink plenty of water and do not train hard when it is too hot outside. Stop when it gets too much, you do not want to get a heat stroke.

    In conclusion: for the majority of people, there is no reason to not exercise. 



    1Bhar, Roald. 2004. Er toppidrett sunt? Tidsskriftet - Den Norske Legeforening. Sourced from: https://tidsskriftet.no/2004/11/leder/er-toppidrett-sunt

    2Zahid, Wasim. 2022. Wasim Zahid om akutt hjertestans hos unge. Hjemmelegene. Sourced from: https://hjemmelegene.no/blogg/plutselig-hjertestans-hos-unge

    3Oprandi, Michelangelo. 2023. Hvor stor er sjansen for hjertestans når du trener? E-tv.no. Sourced from: https://www.e-tv.no/hvor-stor-er-sjansen-for-hjertestans-nar-du-trener/129724

    It is even more important to know first aid if you're in the mountains

    In Norway, around 2,500 - 3,000 people are affected by sudden, unexpected cardiac arrest outside hospitals each year. Many of these will be at home, with family or in other populated areas.1 In cities and densely populated areas, there will be people with first aid skills and defibrillators nearby. It is as simple as entering the defibrillator register to find the nearest defibrillator. But what about the cardiac arrests that occur outside of these safe surroundings?


    Norwegians love to go to the mountains

    During Easter, many Norwegians go to the mountains. Some have cabins in cabin-zones where Red Cross personnel keep watch. Others stay in more secluded areas. One of our favorite activities is going on hikes. People on skis, snowmobiles or just in hiking boots can be seen everywhere in the mountains. When you meet someone else who is on a trip, it is natural for us to say hello. Many even take the time for a small chat. "How are you?" "Where are you going?" This is not only important for building rapport, but also for your own safety. If you get lost on the mountain, the people you meet can provide important information to the emergency services.

    Nobody out on a trip  thinks that they will have a cardiac arrest or that an accident will occur. If you are over 50, the chance of cardiac arrest is much greater. Over half of the registered cardiac arrests were between 56 and 80 in 2015. Nevertheless, there are many younger people who also experience this. Sometimes there are medical reasons, other times there may be no explanation. That is why it is so important to be ready for every situation.


    1 in 3 does not call 113 or are confident about their CPR skills

    A survey by NordStat through the Gjensidigestiftelsen and "Samen redder vi liv" shows that one in three would not call 113 as soon as a cardiac arrest occurs. The same number are uncertain about cardiopulmonary resuscitation.2 This means that many will not act quickly enough to save a person who has suffered a cardiac arrest. It only takes a few minutes from the time the heart has stopped, where the oxygen supply is cut off, to damage can occur in the brain. Why then are we so bad at providing life-saving first aid? One of the reasons is because most people are not sufficiently informed about the topic. Many people think that it is enough to wait for the ambulance to arrive or for someone else to take the initiative. But when it comes to cardiac arrest, the first minutes are vital.

    So how can one best prepare? Everyone should know basic CPR. If you are unsure, it is smart to take a course. Many companies hold CPR courses for their employees. Ask about the possibilities. Otherwise, it is possible to sign up for courses for private individuals or take online courses. A practical course with a doll and a defibrillator is preferred, but online may be sufficient. Don't be afraid to call 113. It can help to download the Hjelp 113 app on your mobile. Today, most people have smartphones and the Hjelp 113 app is specially designed for emergency situations. It has an overview of all emergency numbers, shows your coordinates and where the nearest defibrillator is located.


    No coverage or the emergency services are taking too long?

    In the mountains there are usually not many others around you and it may be that you do not have coverage on your mobile phone. In such a situation it is important to keep a cool head. First of all, you should get an overview of the situation, call 113 if possible and make sure that the person does not get cold. If cardiac arrest is involved, begin CPR immediately. Give 30 chest compressions and 2 breaths. If you are unable to give breaths or this prevents you from being comfortable giving CPR, perform chest compressions only.3 This is better than no life saving effort. If you have access to a defibrillator, use it and follow the instructions.

    Although CPR is an effective method, it will only supplement the body with oxygen equivalent to 25-30% of normal capacity.4 Only 5-7% of those who have a cardiac arrest outside hospital survive. A defibrillator can increase the probability by as much as 80%. Oslo, which has the largest proportion of defibrillators, has a survival rate of 14%.5


    Take your defibrillator with you

    The great thing about defibrillators today is that they are as big as a backpack. They run on batteries and have everything you need in a pocket that can be closed. If there are any problems with it, the machine will usually report this. You can easily take it with you in the car when you have to drive long distances or take it with you to the cabin. Due to the simple instructions, they can be used by anyone, even children.

    It is easy to think that nothing will happen and that you do not need to take it to the cabin. But remember that cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, not just where you are most often.

    Be safe, bring your defibrillator.



    1 Andersson, et.al. 2016. Norsk hjertestansregister Årsrapport for 2015 med plan for forbedringstiltak. Report. Sourced from: https://www.kvalitetsregistre.no/sites/default/files/8_arsrapport_2015_hjertestans.pdf 

    Gjensidigestiftelsen, 2019. Norsk ekspert bekymret på Verdens hjerte- og lungeredningsdag: 1 av 3 bryter hovedregelen som kan redde liv. Sourced from: https://kommunikasjon.ntb.no/pressemelding/norsk-ekspert-bekymret-pa-verdens-hjerte--og-lungeredningsdag-1-av-3-bryter-hovedregelen-som-kan-redde-liv?publisherId=16416575&releaseId=17872786 

    3 Oftedahl, Live. 2016. Hjerte-lungeredning uten munn-til-munn? Luftambulanseforum. Sourced from: https://ambulanseforum.no/artikler/hjerte-lungeredning-uten-munn-til-munn 

    Store Norske Leksikon. Hjerte-lunge-redning (HLR). Sourced from: https://sml.snl.no/hjerte-lunge-redning_-_HLR#:~:text=Dette%20har%20som%20form%C3%A5l%20%C3

    5 Hofgaard, Philip. 2011. 15 personer rammes hver dag. NRK. Sourced from: https://www.nrk.no/vestfoldogtelemark/15-far-hjertestans-hver-dag-1.7815569