Save a Life at Military Tattoo

 Tuesday 6 September 2016

Thousands of visitors to one of Scotland’s biggest events had the chance to learn life-saving CPR this month.  The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the biggest events in Scotland’s tourist calendar, drawing an audience of around 220,000 people over its three week run.

This year, Save a Life for Scotland offered free CPR coaching sessions at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo every night from 5 to 27 August with trained volunteers on hand to give one-to-one training.

In all weather, Save a Life for Scotland partners and supporters volunteered, in their own time, to teach those attending the Tattoo the simple skill of CPR. In all over 1500 members of the public stopped on the way to their seats to learn the skill. Some performers also got came by to learn.

Increasing the incidence of prompt bystander CPR is key to saving more lives as this can increase OHCA survival rates by two or three times- yet it takes only minutes to learn these vital life-saving CPR skills. Save a Life for Scotland is the national campaign to train an additional 500,000 people in CPR by 2020.

Every year more than 3,500 people are treated by the Scottish Ambulance Service for cardiac arrest. Currently only around 1 in 20 of them survive, but if an extra half a million people learn CPR survival rates could double – potentially saving 1,000 lives by 2020.

Dr Gareth Clegg from Save a Life for Scotland said:

“Suffering a cardiac arrest, outside of hospital is the commonest life-threatening medical emergency - but of the 3,500 people living in Scotland who have resuscitation attempted each year, only about 1 in 20 survive.

“Lives are being lost because not enough people know how to perform CPR. But there’s no reason not to. Through the Save a Life for Scotland website people can find out where to go to learn CPR skills in their community so they can say ‘I’ll Do It’.”

Lt Col Nicola McCullough, from 205 Field Hospital, said:

“We are very grateful to the tattoo organisers for allowing us this amazing opportunity to teach people how to Save a Life. We are very encouraged and delighted by the number of people we managed to reach as a result of this.”