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Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Strategy for Scotland

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Strategy for Scotland

Friday, March 27, 2015

ISBN: 9781785442407

The Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest(OHCA) strategy, which has been developed in collaboration with a range of stakeholders, is a 5 year plan with the aim of ensuring that by 2020 Scotland becomes an international leader in OHCA outcomes. The headline aim is to save an additional 1,000 lives by 2020.

Executive Summary

This strategy, which has been jointly produced by a broad coalition of stakeholders, sets out our commitment to improve outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and an ambition that by 2020 Scotland will be an international leader in the management of OHCA.

The strategy aims to increase survival rates after OHCA by 10% across the country within five years. Reaching this level of performance would mean around 300 more lives being saved every year compared to recent years. Starting an improvement programme now could result in a total of 1,000 additional lives saved by 2020.

The strategy also aims to equip an additional 500,000 people with CPR skills by 2020. Increasing the incidence of bystander CPR is the cornerstone of improving outcomes because prompt bystander CPR can increase the likelihood of survival after OHCA by 2 or 3 times.