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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 12 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 CPR ready.

We’re asking this as part of Scotland’s strategy for out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) launched in 2015 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. This improvement programme 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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From shopping to sports centres, Commonwealth Games to the European Championships, schools to nurseries and Scottish Craft Butchers, This Morning TV appearances, MPs, MSPs and with the help of Carol Smilie, and The Proclaimers, together in 2018 we’ve taken the CPR message well over 500 miles linking communities across Scotland with one clear message, that everyone can help save a life.

It has been a year of such brilliant variety with more and more opportunities for people to get CPR ready but it only happens when people come together and take action.

To every one of you who has spoken about CPR with friends, family or strangers, keep talking, each conversation matters.

To those who have helped pave the way for people to learn CPR, opening doors to communities, schools and businesses, thank you and please keep opening the doors for us all to reach as many people as possible.

To those who continue to bring life saving skills to our young folks across Scotland in Primary and Secondary schools, giving their time and energy to enable them to have skills for life and pass these on those around them, keep on keeping on to inspire our young people to be our strongest ambassadors.

To those who work in Public Service, the third sector or volunteer in their communities to respond with the aim of saving and preserving life, your work is essential and valued and at the heart of supporting and inspiring others to do so too. You keep the CPR message at the heart of communities where it belongs.

Everyone reaching people in their own unique way but with an eye on the same prize, helping more and more people in Scotland learn CPR skills. Lives have been saved in 2018 and may our resolution be for more folks to have the chance of survival.

Each one of you helps send a strong message to communities that their lives matter. Here’s to spreading that message further and wider together in 2019.

WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Scottish Ambulance Service
Police Scotland
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
205 Scottish Field Hospital
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's First Aid
St John Scotland
RLSS UK Scottish Region
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
British Heart Foundation - Scotland
British Red Cross
Sandpiper Wildcat
BASICS Scotland
Lucky2BHere
Heartstart Discovery
Butchers At The Heart Of The Community
East Neuk First Responders
Airdrie First Responders
Saline First Responders
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