Annex B: Contribution of the Scottish Ambulance Service
The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) is central to the delivery of high quality pre-hospital care and to improving OHCA performance and outcomes. SAS has an important contribution to make across the whole Augmented Chain of Survival as a provider, co-ordinator, collaborator and enabler. The contribution of SAS runs throughout this strategy document. This annex draws together these contributions into a single list.
- Support and enable partners and communities to ensure an effective 'assets based' approach to the response to OHCA.
- Provide a highly-trained workforce, enabled to respond to OHCA whether in ACCs or in Communities, utilising training, audit and feedback.
- Ensure co-responders (including CFRs, SFRS, BASICS) and Public Accessible Defibrillators are mapped onto ACC systems.
- Ensure appropriate information regarding prior end-of-life care decisions is made available to ambulance crew via integrated clinical IT systems.
- Further roll out 3RU in urban communities.
- Design and deliver integrated response models with SFRS and other partners.
- Work with a variety of remote/rural partners to design and deliver bespoke solutions for effective OHCA response to remote and rural communities.
- Create a climate of positivity around this crucial area of emergency response.
Early Recognition of Cardiac Arrest
- Optimise systems and training in ACCs to ensure rapid recognition of cardiac arrest.
- Rapid dispatch of resources appropriate to the location.
- Provide expert support to bystanders including T-CPR guidance to bystanders providing CPR.
- Ensure SAS response times are as rapid as possible and that the correct resource configuration is deployed.
- Work in partnership with others (such as BHF, SFRS) to maximise delivery of appropriate CPR training to individuals and communities.
- Maintain and extend the CFR network.
- Ensure that the crews first on scene provide CPR of the highest quality.
- Ensure PADS are mapped onto the ACC system to increase their accessibility and availability to bystanders and so enable their rapid utilisation.
- Ensure that the crews first on scene provide rapid defibrillation where appropriate.
Post Resuscitation Care
- Further develop Advanced Life Support capacity through training and the implementation of best-evidenced care delivery.
- Implement technology-led improvements where appropriate.
- Develop and implement in collaboration with clinicians and NHS Boards the most effective patient pathways based on patient need.
Rehabilitation and Aftercare
- Enable support to SAS staff, co-responders and bystanders who are affected by involvement in OHCA.
- Collect and provide data into systems to ensure that patients/families can access appropriate aftercare.
Registry and Research
- Ensure that SAS data is robust and complete in order to optimise the understanding of outcomes.
- Report and regularly review a range of key measures of OHCA performance.
- Contribute to the development of an effective OHCA Registry.
- Respond to evidence by making system improvements and evaluating effectiveness.
- Generate and help to answer research questions to provide evidence to shape practice both in Scotland and internationally.
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