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.

3. Summary of the strategy aims

The top 10 aims of this strategy are that by 2026:

  • The SALFS partnership will have equipped 1 million people in Scotland with CPR skills.
  • All school aged children in Scotland will have the opportunity to be equipped with CPR skills.
  • We will target our work to address key inequalities in OHCA outcomes.
  • Bystander CPR rates will be increased to 85%.
  • Public Access Defibrillators will be placed optimally and be as accessible as possible.
  • 20% of all OHCAs will have a defibrillator applied before the arrival of ambulance service.
  • Survival from OHCA will increase to 15%.
  • All individuals who are affected by OHCA will be offered support afterwards.
  • We will address the challenge of timely communication of anticipatory care plans and decision support for front line ambulance service crews.
  • We will use data to understand and address variation and seek innovative ways to improve outcomes after OHCA.


Email: Clinical_Priorities@gov.scot

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