On Saturday 15th of July, St John Scotland hosted a CPR training session in the Harry Younger Hall, just off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
The event held, as part of the Save a Life for Scotland initiative, taught 70 people potentially lifesaving skills in bystander CPR.
The Save a Life for Scotland initiative aims to train 500,000 people in Scotland by-stander CPR skills by 2020. Every year, 3,500 people in Scotland will suffer a cardiac arrest, but only around 1 in 20 will survive.
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. It is hoped that this improvement programme could save up to 1,000 additional lives by 2020.
St John Scotland's event was coordinated by a team of volunteers from St John Scotland, as well as partners of the Save a Life for Scotland initiative, Forth Valley Police, the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery unit and Lead Resuscitation Officer of NHS Forth Valley, David Williams.
David Williams, Lead Resuscitation Officer, NHS Forth Valley said: “Don’t be scared to save somebody’s life, learn CPR and be prepared if the worst should happen. Providing CPR will give somebody who has collapsed the best chance of survival until an ambulance arrives.”
You can find out more about the project here: www.savealife.scot