Out of hospital cardiac arrest: strategy 2021 to 2026

Scotland’s out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) Strategy 2021 to 2026 reflects progress made since throughout the lifetime of the previous strategy (2015 – 2020), and sets out the next steps we will take to ensure as many people as possible survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Scotland.

11. Annex B: Glossary

ALLIANCE The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland is the national third sector intermediary for a range of health and social care organisations: https://www.alliance-scotland.org.uk/
Scottish Ambulance Service Call Handlers Those who answer 999 calls, speak to and direct the caller until further help arrives.
BSL British Sign Language.
The Circuit A national defibrillator network funded by the British Heart Foundation and adopted by the Scottish Ambulance Service.
CCUs Coronary Care Units.
Coronary Heart Disease A major cause of morbidity and mortality in Scotland caused by a blockage in the arteries.
CPR Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation. This abbreviation is commonly used for delivery of Chest Compressions, with or without the addition of rescue breaths.
Data Linkage Scottish Ambulance Service data linked to patient outcomes.
ECMO Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. A machine that replaces the function of the heart and lungs.
GoodSAM A first responder application for smartphones.
GRA Global Resuscitation Alliance: www.globalresuscitationalliance.org
ICU Intensive Care Unit.
Local Authorities Local government comprising 32 local authorities across Scotland providing public services, including education, social care, waste management, libraries and planning.
Normothermia Normal body temperature.
NPF National Performance Framework: https://nationalperformance.gov.scot/
OHCA Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. A cardiac arrest occurring outside of a hospital environment.
PADs Public Access Defibrillators. Automated External Defibrillators designed for use by the public before the arrival of emergency services.
ROSC Return of spontaneous circulation. Resumption of a sustained heart rhythm that sends blood around the body after cardiac arrest.
SAS Scottish Ambulance Service.
SALFS The Save a Life for Scotland partnership is composed of public, government, academic and third sector organisations: www.savealife.scot
SCAD Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection a rare condition where a tear appears in an artery which is an oxygen rich blood vessel that takes blood away from the heart.


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