Recently I visited the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where I met the inspiring Resuscitation Research Group who are developing innovative approaches to improving the outcomes for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.
The group told me that every year in Scotland more than three and a half thousand people suffer a cardiac arrest, and unfortunately survival rates are very low at just one in twenty.
Their message was clear: bystander CPR is critical in saving lives. The group are therefore partnering with a variety of organisations with the aim of training 500,000 people across Scotland in CPR skills by 2020. If achieved this could potentially double the survival rate and result in an additional 1000 lives being saved.
To learn more and to be ready to save a life for Scotland please visit: www.savealife.scot
We need to talk about democracy. The UK government recently hosted its first ever “National Democracy Week” – with no sense of irony.
We absolutely should be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the equalisation of voting ages for men and women. Nobody would argue with that.