RRG are proud to have collaborated with a wide range of stakeholders including Scottish Government, NHS, Emergency Services and Third Sector organisations to craft a national strategy to tackle the challenge of OHCA in Scotland. This document signals a real, joined up commitment to saving lives!
The Ministerial launch of the strategy will be at the Scottish Cardiac Arrest Symposium 2015 on 27th March.
Copies of the OHCA Strategy for Scotland are downloadable from here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/03/7484
Gregor and Judy have an amazing story to tell – and they want to share it.
The story of how Gregor was resuscitated after a sudden collapse illustrates the successful operation of the chain of survival in a rural area. Early recognition that Gregor’s heart had stopped, a call for help and bystander CPR with coaching from the Ambulance Control Centre (ACC) bought time until further help arrived. This part of rural Scotland can be difficult to reach quickly with an emergency ambulance and ACC were able to summon the help of a community first responder to deploy a defibrillator while the paramedic crew were on their way.
The Chain of Survival worked perfectly for Gregor – how do we ensure that his experience is the norm?
#SCAS15 – How do we build a system to save lives?
The PUCA team have published the first results of our study looking at the feasibility and utility of paramedic ultrasound scanning during OHCA. An article in this edition of the European Journal of Emergency Medicine shows our finding that paramedic can be successfully taught to obtain good views using a focussed ultrasound technique, and that these skills and associated technical knowledge are retained over time.
Booth KL, Reed MJ, Brady S, Cranfield KR, Kishen R, Letham K, et al. Training paramedics in focussed echo in life support. European Journal of Emergency Medicine 2015.
How do we build a system that saves lives? This is the theme for the Scottish Cardiac Arrest Symposium 2015 at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on March 27th.
To examine this theme we have invited speakers from around the globe who have demonstrated excellence in optimising the Chain of Survival, responding to the challenges of resuscitating OHCA and changing the systems that get in the way. (more…)
The Sandpiper Trust funded project to implement a regional strategy for improving outcomes after OHCA is on it’s way.
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The unique health data architecture in Scotland allows data from a range of discrete sources to be linked, enabling a powerful perspective on OHCA.
Minister for Public Health, Aileen Campbell, launched the first year OHCA review on a visit to Beeslack High School in Penicuik.
Dr Nynke Halbesma is an expert in epidemiology, who is joining RRG to analyse linked data pertaining to OHCA in Scotland.
Exploring the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour of the general public to responding to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
RRG have tea with the Permanent Secretary at Scottish Government in recognition of their OHCA Policy Award success
Paul Gowens, Karen MacNee and David Cline collected the Scottish Government’s Policy Development Award on 7th December for Scotland’s Strategy for OHCA.
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A squad of 12 paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service make up 3RU.
What can we do to make the diagnosis of OHCA as fast and accurate as possible, and how do we get to CPR quickly?
Postgrad linguistics Ernisa Marzuki is studying communication as a make or break factor in resuscitation by high performance teams
A project to investigate the association between non-technical skills performance and technical performance during OHCA resuscitation