Defibrillator location log can save lives

I've encouraged the public to support the Scottish Ambulance Service’s Registration to Resuscitation campaign, after Scottish Ambulance Service warned that they do not know where many publicly available defibrillators are situated.

Around 3,500 people in Scotland undergo attempted resuscitation for cardiac arrest outside hospital each year, but only around five per cent survive to hospital discharge.

Use of a defibrillator within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest can increase survival rates to as much as 75 per cent.

Access to a defibrillator has a massive impact on survival rates. Our emergency services do an incredible job but getting an ambulance to someone within five minutes to administer a defibrillator can be extremely challenging. Every second counts and therefore it’s vitally important that such equipment is available quickly.

Scottish Liberal Democrats recently revealed how few schools have access to defibrillators.

As well as boosting the number of defibrillators in our communities we need to ensure those on the scene before an ambulance can make a lifesaving intervention in the meantime.

That starts with logging where this equipment is located and it is welcome that the ambulance service is making a concerted effort to establish this.

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