Support for Defibrillator Campaign

 Thursday 10 April 2014

The Scottish Ambulance Service supports the Daily Record’s campaign for more public access defibrillators in Scotland.

Over 1500 Scots died from an out of hospital cardiac arrest last year. Currently, only 5% of people who have a cardiac arrest in the community survive and every minute that they wait for a ‘shock’ cuts their chances.

A public access defibrillator, or ‘shock box’, can be used by any member of the public to restore a person’s heart to a normal rhythm after a cardiac arrest. Early defibrillation, quickly followed by advanced cardiac care from an ambulance team, greatly improves the chance of survival.

The Scottish Ambulance Service provides advice and guidance to any council, community, organisation or business interested in developing a publicly accessible defibrillator. This community resilience initiative is part of a wider emergency life support programme run by the Scottish Ambulance Service in conjunction with third sector and private partners, including British Heart Foundation Scotland.

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:
“Public access defibrillators make a positive contribution to safer and sustainable communities around the country.  While we have world class ambulance response times in Scotland, we know that in cardiac cases every second counts and that equipping communities with basic life saving skills and equipment will further improve survival rates"