Every year, over 3,500 people around Scotland are treated by the Scottish Ambulance Service after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Unfortunately, only around 1 in 20 people will survive. Starting CPR saves lives, so let’s be ready. St John Scotland is a proud partner of Save a Life for Scotland, which aims to train 500,000 people in Scotland in CPR.
Save a Life for Scotland came about following 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 ultimately save 1,000 additional lives by 2020.
By teaching people how to deliver basic CPR, it is hoped that more lives can be saved, as the sooner CPR is administered, the more likely the person is to survive.
St John Scotland hosts pop-up CPR sessions across the country, free of charge, and open to people of all ages. To find out where our next CPR training session is, visit our What’s On page.
If you would like to find out more about the Save a Life for Scotland initiative, go to www.savealife.scot