Date lodged: 10 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how many heart auto pulse machines are available in the Scottish Ambulance Service and what plans it has to increase the number.
Answered by: Shona Robison 24 June 2016
The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) are currently trialling three heart Autopulse machines in the south east of Scotland as part of their approach to Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA). There are also two Autopulse machines available to SCOTstar, the national specialist transport and retrieval service.
SAS continually reviews the available evidence about the best way to respond to OHCA to give patients the best chance of survival and recovery, and reviews its training and equipment requirements based on this evidence.