Local communities across Scotland are to benefit from a £100,000 fund to increase the number of public access defibrillators across the country.
The Scottish Government funding will allow the Scottish Ambulance Service to purchase and deploy defibrillators across the country, providing local communities with life saving equipment and training.
The £100,000 scheme will help to fund equipment that has up until now been almost entirely funded through community, charitable or business resources. It costs approximately £3,000 to purchase, fit and install one defibrillator.
Health Secretary Alex Neil said: “Early CPR and defibrillation, quickly followed up by advanced life-support from an ambulance team, can greatly improve chances of survival from a cardiac arrest. By putting this life saving equipment in the hands of local communities, and giving them the appropriate training, we can help people on the ground administer life saving care in the minutes before the ambulance service arrives.”
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