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Starting CPR saves lives... so let’s be ready

Save a life Scotland

Every year over 3,500 people around Scotland are treated by the Ambulance Service after having a cardiac arrest.

Unfortunately only around 1 in 20 people will survive. Starting CPR saves lives… so let’s be ready. We’re asking you to say ‘I’ll do it’ and be one of 500,000 people in Scotland getting trained in CPR.

We’re asking this as part of a new strategy for out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) which aims to double survival rates 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.

To achieve this bystander CPR is critical and so we aim 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.

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12 hours ago

We had a great time at the Leith Gala sharing CPR with YOU!

Check out these brand new life-savers practicing #CPR <3:

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4 days ago

What a brilliant photo of the Coldingham Brownies who all learnt #CPR <3 Great work all! ... See MoreSee Less

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