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RC (UK) gives evidence to Scottish government on Public Access Defibrillation (PAD)

The RC (UK) has given evidence to the Scottish Parliament Public Petitions Committee in response to a petition about Public Access Defibrillation. 

The petition was submitted by Kathleen Orr after the tragic death of her son Jayden from a cardiac arrest at age 10. 

The petition calls for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce a requirement for all new build or newly renovated or re-purposed buildings with a floorspace of over 7500m2 to have a public access defibrillator (PAD) fitted to the exterior of the building, for public use, and for the PADs to be officially registered. 

You can read more about the petition at http://www.parliament.scot/GettingInvolved/Petitions/PE01707

We are pleased to offer our expertise in resuscitation to advise the Scottish Parliament public petitions committee on PAD. This petition brings the vital issue of PAD to public attention in Scotland. In our evidence, we highlight why PAD is important for Scotland, and comment on key issues raised in the petition and in the oral evidence session held in November 2018. 

Our response emphasises our support for placing defibrillators on the exterior of buildings for public use, and for the registration of PADs with the local ambulance service. In our response, we also explain that making PAD a legal requirement would not be sufficient to increase rates of bystander CPR, defibrillation and therefore survival after cardiac arrest, due to the impact of other factors, such as the importance of public awareness. We have also advised the committee on the relevant factors which indicate where a defibrillator may be needed, emphasising the importance of footfall, age, and the nature of the location, rather than building size alone. 

Our evidence also advises the committee on other key issues related to PAD and the demands of this petition, such as defibrillator maintenance, cardiac arrest in children and defibrillators and CPR education in schools. 

Read the RC (UK)’s evidence (pdf).

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