The Scottish Government today announced a £1m scheme to install a life-saving defibrillator in every NHS Dental Practice across Scotland.
By increasing available AEDs in public spaces by almost 1000; the scheme hopes to reduce the number of deaths due to cardiac arrest outside of hospital from more than 1500 last year.
Ministers hope to improve the survival rate of cardiac arrest in the community from 5% by improving public access to life-saving defibrillators and reducing the time to defibrillation. Subsequently, all of the new defibrillators will be mapped by the Scottish Ambulance Service enabling call handlers to direct the public to the nearest practice while an ambulance is on its way.
Every second counts when someone's heart goes into cardiac arrest and having access to a defibrillator can mean the difference between life and death.
As these machines are becoming easier to use it is only right that the public have more access to its life-saving potential in any public places.
There are almost 1000 NHS dental practices in the centre of Scottish communities. By giving them this equipment we are providing 1000 more chances to save a life.
I believe that this investment will save many more lives.Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson, 2014
Everyone at DEFIBhub welcomes this initiative; we are hoping for the rest of the UK to follow suit with similar announcements, making this life-saving equipment more readily accessible throughout the country.
If you would like, you can read the full announcement on the Scottish Government website.