Scottish Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest data linkage project: 2015/16 – 2016/17 results

This report reviews the data from Scotland’s Strategy for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest from the years 2015-16 to the years 2016-17.

Summary of main findings

  • The number of incidents of OHCA resuscitated by SAS has increased from 2692 in 2011/12 to 3455 in 2016/17. The proportion of SAS incidents which could be linked to outcome data also increased from 73.0% in 2011/12 to 86.6% in 2016/17.
  • The mean age of OHCA patients, ratio of men to women and the distribution across the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation ( SIMD) quintiles remains broadly similar from 2011/12-2016/17.
  • The proportion of patients receiving bystander CPR has risen from an average of 41.3% between 2011-2014/15 (prior to the introduction of the strategy) to an average of 49.3% in 2015/16- 2016/17.
  • The proportion of all OHCA patients resuscitated by SAS who were still alive at 30 days was 6.2% in 2011-14/15 (prior to the introduction of the strategy) and 7.7% in 2015/16-2016/17.


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