Posted by Dr Alistair Dewar | 9 Oct 2015
Friday 16th October 2015 is European Restart a Heart Day. This initiative led by the European Resuscitation Council is designed to increase public awareness of how to help save the life of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.
Every year, over 3,500 people around Scotland are treated by the Ambulance Service after having an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), almost one per day in the City of Edinburgh alone. Unfortunately only around 1 in 20 people in Scotland will survive their OHCA.
The good news is that bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed by non-medical personnel can keep blood pumping until the arrival of the Ambulance Service, and will more than double chances of recovery. In centres around the world with high rates of bystander CPR, survival after OHCA can be as high as 22%, meaning that almost 1 in 4 of all people with OHCA resuscitated by bystanders and emergency services will get home from hospital. Despite this, bystander CPR is currently delivered to only around half of the out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims in Scotland.
This year on Restart a Heart Day we will launch ‘Save a life for Scotland’. The aim is straightforward – to save lives after OHCA in Scotland by increasing bystander CPR. Tweet us at @SaveALifeScot and you can follow us on Facebook – Save a Life Scotland.
Please join us to see what it’s all about on 16th October outside the National Gallery on Princes Street from 9.45am – 4pm.
10 Aug 2017 | Miranda Odam
Nelson Mandela once said: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is the difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” So what does that mean to us in the Emergency Department? How can we make a difference? There are two factors that I think are really important: purpose and mindset. As clinicians, our purpose is to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients. We all know that this can be harder than it sounds, and that looking after ourselves is also important. Getting the right balance is extremely rewarding, and often requires a degree of support as well as “stretch”. It also requires understanding the effects our decisions, our care, and our treatments have on our patients. How do we really know if something has worked? Could we do this any better? This is where we need the right mindset. The mindset of learners. The GROWTH mindset. Teams with the growth mindset embrace challenges, learn from feedback, persist in the face of setbacks, learn from failure and are inspired by successes, are persistent and want to keep learning. These teams GROW, and individuals develop within them. Teams like this ask the right questions to fulfil their purpose, to improve their understanding and further their knowledge to make a bigger difference to the lives of others and themselves. EMERGE help us in the ED to do this. They help drive our curiosity, stimulate our thinking, stretch our perspectives, and contribute to our growth mindset. There is a Maori saying: “Learning brings greater knowledge, Knowledge brings greater understanding, Understanding brings greater wisdom, Wisdom brings greater wellbeing.” Learning is good for us all.Read more
8 Aug 2017 | Miranda Odam
When: Tuesday 15th August 2017 Time: 2pm - 8pm (drop in or stay) Where: Lecture Theatre B, Chancellors Building RIE TEDxNHS is a an event for those who work in the NHS live streamed in all four nations of the UK. The ebvent is independently organised and under license from TED. EMERGE (Emergency Medicine Resarch group of Edinburgh) are hosting on behalf of NHS Lothian and we would love you to join us to be inspired by a huge variey of speakers from a blind autistic savant and musical prodigy to a European Space Agency research doctor by way of a clinical entrepreneur and renaissance surgeon. Please contact Emma.Ward@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk or call 0131 242 3863 to reserve your seat Looking forward to seeing you there!!Read more