Only one in 20 people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest in Scotland. Like me, I’m sure you find that statistic concerning to say the very least.
That was the figure that jumped out from the page when the British Heart Foundation wrote to the Council to ask for our support in a national drive to introduce CPR training to secondary schools.
I’m pleased to say we will be working closely with the Foundation to move those plans forward.
There was cross-party support when the issue was raised at the City Growth and Resources Committee last week and as convener I must thank every member for their backing.
Other Councils are also on board, including Glasgow, and it’s something that transcends any geographical or political lines.
Denmark is ahead of the curve and the results have been notable – survival rates have improved to one in four following the introduction of compulsory CPR training in their schools.
If we could deliver improvements like that in Scotland it would be fantastic. It won’t happen overnight, but it’s hugely positive that we have taken the first steps.
In Aberdeen we’ll meet with the British Heart Foundation to look at next steps in the city and we have also agreed to update the Scottish Ambulance Service’s national register to ensure all defibrillators situated on Council premises are captured. Having that information to hand is a major benefit for the emergency services and members of the public.
A £5,000 grant from the Common Good Fund will be used to get the ball rolling in Aberdeen and we’re committed to tackling what is such an important issue.
Our schools do a fantastic job in teaching academic and vocational subjects and it’s vital CPR is added.
Cllr Douglas Lumsden