Char­ity wants more ba­sic first aid train­ing to help save vic­tims of car­diac ar­rests

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HILARY DUNCANSON

a car­diac ar­rest in the com­mu­nity.

St An­drew’s First Aid is de­mand­ing greater ac­tion from Scot­tish Govern­ment to ad­dress a “short­age” of first aid skills and help save more lives in ar­eas of so­cial de­pri­va­tion.

It comes af­ter fig­ures re­vealed peo­ple liv­ing in the most de­prived ar­eas are 43 per cent less likely to sur­vive an out of hospi­tal car­diac ar­rest (OHCA) than those liv­ing in more af­flu­ent places.

The re­port on the Scot­tish OHCA Data Link­age Project, found that around 3,000 OHCAs hap­pen ev­ery year in Scot­land and they can af­fect peo­ple of all ages.

How­ever, sur­vival rates in Scot­land are es­ti­mated at between just six and eight per cent – lower than the Euro­pean av­er­age. St An­drew’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cal­li­son said: “The re­port has iden­ti­fied a num­ber of fac­tors which in­di­cate a very real link between ar­eas of so­cial de­pri­va­tion and a per­son’s chances of sur­viv­ing an OHCA.

“If it were manda­tory for peo­ple to have even ba­sic first aid skills, th­ese fac­tors could be greatly re­duced.”

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