ST JOHN Scotland and the Army Cadets hosted a free CPR training event as part of the Save a Life for Scotland initiative today (Sunday) in the Thistle Shopping Centre, training over 100 people in life saving skills.
Every year in Scotland, over 3,500 people are treated by the Scottish Ambulance Service following a cardiac arrest, but only around 1 in 20 will survive.
St John Scotland has partnered with the Save a Life initiative in its aim to teach 500,000 people by-stander CPR by 2020.
It is hoped that survival rates will double in Scotland within five years, and reaching this level of performance would mean around 300 more lives would be saved every year compared to recent years. Increasing the incidence of by-stander CPR is critical to improving outcomes as prompt CPR can increase the likelihood of cardiac arrest survival by 2 or 3 times.
The free training session, delivered by the cadets of A (Stirling) Company, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, Army Cadet Force, and St John Scotland volunteers, was held in the open area of the Thistle Centre in front of the Primark and Waterstones stores, and welcomed participants of all ages.
Angus Loudon, Executive Director of St John Scotland, said: “Learning how to deliver CPR is very straight forward, and it only takes a few minutes to be taught how to help save someone’s life. St John Scotland is delighted to work alongside the A (Stirling) Company of the Army Cadet Force to teach members of the public basic CPR skills.”
David Acheson, Officer Commanding, A (Stirling) Company, said: “A (Stirling) Company is proud to support the Save a Life for Scotland initiative. The Cadets and Adult Instructors all maintain their First Aid skills annually, and I would encourage everyone to consider following their example.”