ASH Scotland and the Scottish Public Health Observatory have released the latest figures for death associated with smoking in Scotland. The figures show that in 2016, 2,038 people died due to cardiovascular problems caused by smoking. This figure understates the extent of smoking-related illness as it only includes deaths – not smoking related hypertension and other health problems. The figures have been released to coincide with World No Tobacco Day.
The latest newsletter from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has been issued. It features advice on Lyme disease, changes in NICE guidance on treatment for enlarged prostate symptoms, and items on the care of people with learning disabilities. It also highlights a patient decision aid tool for cardiovascular disease and the news that eighty NHS Trusts in England have ignored a scheme to limit the sales of sugary snacks and drinks sold in hospitals. There is news of forthcoming events and on-going consultations, including a consultation on the proposed updates to the developing guidelines manual
This Scottish Government Social Research report on the ‘out of hospital cardiac arrest strategy’ is used as a case study to assess the extent that the strategy embodies a ‘Scottish Approach’ to policy. The ‘Scottish Approach’ is described as encapsulating ‘a move within public services from top-down, service-led, reactive delivery, towards more personalised, preventative and collaborative ways of working.’ The report uses the findings from a series of interviews with partner organisations involved in the design and delivery of the strategy.
A Scottish Government report on an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) data linkage project has been published. The project is attempting to gain a clearer understanding of the low survival rate for OHCA patients in Scotland by linking data from patients treated by ambulance staff to in-hospital data.
Two updated SIGN guidelines on cardiovascular disease (CVD) have been published. SIGN Guideline 149 on ‘Risk estimation and the prevention of cardiovascular disease’ provides recommendations on how to estimate and manage cardiovascular risk in people with and without established CVD. SIGN Guideline 150 on ‘Cardiac rehabilitation’ includes recommendations on assessment, health behaviour change techniques, lifestyle risk factor management, psychosocial health, vocational rehabilitation and medical risk management.