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Scottish Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest data linkage project: 2015/16 – 2016/17 results

Scottish Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest data linkage project: 2015/16 – 2016/17 results

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

ISBN: 9781788516921

Third year after the launch of Scotland’s Strategy for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (the Strategy) in March 2015, data from 2015-16 and 2016-17 has been reviewed to continue to track patient outcomes and measure the impact of efforts to implement the strategic aims.

Executive Summary

Strategy partners have implemented a range of initiatives over the last 2 years designed to

deliver increased survival after Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) by optimising the

Chain of Survival. The figures contained in this report indicate that survival after OHCA is

increasing. A key metric - the proportion of patients receiving bystander cardiopulmonary

resuscitation (CPR) - has increased since the strategy launch bringing with it a predictable

concomitant increase in 30 day survival.

It is important to remember that each of the survival figures contained in this report

represents the reality of individual lives saved. We would like to commend all of those who

continue to invest time and energy in improving survival and recovery after OHCA in

Scotland.