Collecting signatures PE1989: Increase defibrillators in public spaces and workplaces

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to support the provision of defibrillators in public spaces and workplaces.

Previous action taken

I contacted Paul Sweeney MSP to ask about a Petition to widen access to Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and was advised of the Committee route.

Background information

Following the fatal cardiac arrest of a close family member in a large, local supermarket, my request for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was refused, despite my highlighting that all other large supermarkets locally provided these.

A bereaved family may be comforted to know that everything that could have been done to save the life of their loved one, was done. The effect on shop staff in such a fatality can be traumatic also.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults over the age of 40. British Heart Foundation say that “Cardiac arrest is a critical medical emergency" and "Unless treated immediately, leads to death within minutes. With around 3,200 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Scotland each year, the survival rate is just 1 in 10". An AED increases survival rates but the provision of AEDs is random.

  • Created by Mary Montague
  • Collecting signatures until 14 December 2022 Petitions can collect signatures for a maximum of 4 weeks

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