Pioneering Cardiac Initiative Heads for Glasgow

 Wednesday 15 October 2014

The Scottish Ambulance Service has announced plans to roll out its pioneering “3RU” initiative to Glasgow in a move that will increase survivability from out of hospital cardiac arrests in the city.

The first meeting of stakeholders takes place in Glasgow today, to develop the operational model for the city, which will go live early in 2015.

The 3RU (Resuscitation Rapid Response Unit) model was first developed in Edinburgh, where it has significantly increased survival following out of hospital cardiac arrests.  Working in partnership with emergency medical consultants in the Resuscitation Research Group, based at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, the Service created a specially trained team of paramedics targeted to cardiac calls.

The team collects and audits data from defibrillators for review, analysis and training and undertakes ongoing master classes for paramedics with consultants and a resuscitation officer to continuously improve resuscitation. A small device is also used to measure CPR while being administered to patients and the data recovered forms part of the learning programme. Called QCPR, the device also prompts changes in technique during resuscitation, if required.

The project in Edinburgh was supported by research funding of around £180,000 from Chest Heart Stroke Scotland.

Jim Ward, Medical Director, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:
“Out of hospital cardiac arrest remains  an important cause of mortality across Europe.  Ambulance staff play a pivotal role in determining outcomes and the focus on continuously developing and improving resuscitation techniques is saving more lives.

“Our 3RU programme is a  nationally recognised initiative that will roll out across Scotland as we develop the most appropriate operational models for each area of the country.”