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 Ģ55,000 to buy 52 defibrillators so that dentists and dental nurses can be trained to use the machines in the event of a cardiac arrest.
Advertisement"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.
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