The Scottish Community Resuscitation Conference, held on October 19th at the School of Medicine, University of St Andrews, was the first event held in Britain following the release of the Resuscitation Council UK Resuscitation Guidelines 2015.
Dr Richard Lyon, executive member of the Resuscitation Council UK told the conference that the new guidelines further emphasised the critical importance of what happens in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives when cardiac arrest strikes, by placing much more importance on bystander CPR, Public Access Defibrillators and First Responders.
The delegates from all over Scotland were made up of community groups, First Responders, First Aiders and health care professionals all interested in starting or developing further, community resuscitation in their areas.
The conference also heard from Paul Gowens, the Scottish Governments lead on the Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy 2020, who again reinforced the crucial role of members of the community in order to increase the survival rate from out of hospital cardiac arrest currently less than 10% to over 50% which is now consistently achieved by other European countries.
Dr Alistair Dewar, of the Edinburgh Resuscitation Research Group who are co-ordinating the Save a Life for Scotland campaign, told delegates how they want to save 1000 lives by 2020 by training 500,000 Scots in CPR.
The conference was started by Lifesavers Emma Scott and Martin Paterson who gave an emotional recount of how they performed CPR and used a Public Access Defibrillator in Crail this year to save Emma’s mum's life.
Delegates also took part in various workshops in the state of the art facilities at the School of Medicine.
The event was organised by East Neuk First Responders, The University of St Andrews and Trossachs Search and Rescue. Gillian Duncan, Chair of East Neuk First Responders said yesterday we are extremely pleased with the very positive feedback following the event, we were very lucky to have input from Dr Richard Lyon and the other speakers who are the leading lights in Scottish Resuscitation. Henry Rae from the University added “we really hope the event will lead to many more lives saved in Scotland.”