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Out-0f-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Data Linkage Project

Out-0f-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Data Linkage Project

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Data Linkage Project

Background

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a significant health issue in Scotland. The shape of the problem is that around 3,000 people each year will have resuscitation attempted after a sudden cardiac arrest in the community, but only around 6% will survive to hospital discharge.

In response to this challenge, in 2015 Scotland launched a National Strategy for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. In an unprecedented collaboration, all of Scotland’s emergency services, Scottish Government, Third sector, NHS Scotland and Academic partners have come together to achieve together what would be too difficult to accomplish separately: to optimise the ‘chain of survival’ after OHCA. The aim is that Scotland becomes an international leader in OHCA resuscitation.

Data Linkage Project Overview

The Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Data Linkage Project was established to help inform and monitor the National Strategy on OHCA. The OHCA Data Linkage Project is supported by the Scottish Government’s Data Linkage Fund.

Linking ambulance data with other clinical datasets in Scotland allows patient outcomes to be measured alongside monitoring of system performance and the impact of service changes. The project will consider a number of factors as part of the analysis including, patient case-mix, geography, deprivation, healthcare delivery system (from initial 999-call through paramedic resuscitation, hospital care to return to the community). International comparisons show that foundational to all successful efforts to increase survival after OHCA is the collection of data to measure performance of the local system of care delivery.

Organisations Involved In The Project:

  • Scottish Government

  • University of Edinburgh

  • Scottish Ambulance Service

  • NHS National Services Scotland

Data Sources

 

OHCA Schematic

 

Privacy Impact Assessment:

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Data Linkage - Draft PIA

Publications: 

Publication date Publication Title Link to publication
8th August 2016 Initial Results of the Scottish Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Data Linkage Project http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/08/8389

Related OHCA publications: 

Publication date Publication title Link to publication
24th November 2016 Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest – A Strategy for Scotland Review 2015-16 http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/11/7733
3rd February 2016 Exploring the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour of the general public to responding to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/02/8208
27th March 2015 Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Strategy for Scotland http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/03/7484

Contacts

If you have any enquiries relating to the Learning Disability Data Linking Project then please contact us at: 

Scottish Government

Email
swstat@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone
0131 244 3777

Post

The Scottish Government

Health Analytical Services
Basement Rear
St Andrews House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Electronic Data Research and Innovation Service (eDRIS)

Contacts for eDRIS are available on the ISD Scotland website.