The prevalence of sudden heart attacks has compelled high
street dentists in Scotland to install defibrillators in their offices so as to
speed up aid to patients who suffer from the condition.
NHS Lothian has been awarded £55,000 to buy 52
defibrillators so that dentists and dental nurses can be trained to use the
machines in the event of a cardiac arrest.
"As many dental practices are located centrally in
high streets, they have the potential to make a huge difference to someone
suffering from cardiac arrest," said Brenda Cottam, the British Heart
Foundation's (BHF) community resuscitation co-ordinator in Scotland.
The scheme could be
extended to all of Scotland after results are assessed, said Public Health
Minister Shona Robison.