This Review reports on the activities and achievements of the Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) Strategy for Scotland to September 2016. The Strategy was devised and is being delivered in partnership with public services, voluntary organisations and communities, building on existing work by services, communities and individuals.
The Strategy set the ambition for Scotland to be an international leader in OHCA outcomes by 2020. This is underpinned by two high level aims:-
• To increase survival rates after an OHCA to save 1,000 additional lives by 2020.
• To equip an additional 500,000 people in Scotland with Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills by 2020.
The early priorities in the Strategy are actions to increase effective bystander intervention at an OHCA since it is here that the most improvement in survival and outcomes will be achieved.
Key achievements in 2015/16 are:
At least 60,000 people have been trained in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) since the public launch of the strategy.
Formation of Save a Life for Scotland (SALFS), a partnership of organisations that has come together to increase CPR and defibrillation training amongst the population and heighten the awareness of OHCA.
Co-responding trials, that involve simultaneous dispatch of both Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to an OHCA to reduce response times, have been run in ten areas.