Date lodged: 13 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what funding it provides to support the expansion of the network of public access defibrillators.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 22 November 2018
The Scottish Government appreciates the contribution voluntary organisations, businesses and members of the public make by funding public access defibrillators in their local communities. Scottish Government is supporting improving the effectiveness of the use of public access defibrillators (PADs) under Scotland's Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy, but does not routinely provide funding for them.
The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) Register is the arrangement in operation for PADs already in place, in a variety of locations, to be mapped, maintained and accessible to the public. This enables SAS call handlers to direct a caller at the location of a cardiac arrest to a PAD when one is nearby. Support and advice is available from the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) to any council, community, organisation or business interested in all aspects of PADs.
The Scottish Government has funded The University of Edinburgh Resuscitation Research Group to carry out the PADs Modelling Analysis project, to inform advice on where PADs should be located, designed to facilitate bystander CPR and PAD use.