Wednesday 11th February 2015 – 1.00pm – John Hawker.
A Tesco store in Warwickshire has bagged a life-saving delivery after having an automated external defibrillator (AED) fitted to the outside of its supermarket.
A defibrillator is a device that can be used to restart someone’s heart when they’ve suffered a cardiac arrest. These machines are extremely easy to use, meaning people of all ages and walks of life can provide emergency care to those who need it, quickly and effectively prior to the arrival of an ambulance.
Over the last few months members of staff from the store have undertaken training in the use of the lifesaving equipment and first aid to ensure that if any shoppers become seriously ill whilst shopping they are given the best possible chance of survival.
WMAS Emergency Care Practitioner in Southam, Keith Bromwich, said; ”The ambulance service strongly believes that by having defibrillators installed in public places, such as shopping centres, schools and business premises, and having people trained in their use and basic first aid techniques really can help to save lives.
“It is excellent news that Tesco in Southam has recognised the importance of installing such lifesaving equipment. The quicker someone is defibrillated, not only improves the chance of their survival but it can also help to improve the chances of a patient making a full recovery.”
The AED was funded by the local Senior Citizen Action Network (SCAN) with Tesco happily locating it on the front of its busy store.
Martina Fitzgerald, Community Manager for Tesco Southam, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to support the local community and we’re proud to have this device at the front of our store. I would like to thank the local community for funding the device and the support they have shown the store and staff.”
On the back of the AED being fitted at Tesco, on Saturday 14th February Paramedic Keith will be attending the store from 10am, along with members of SCAN to teach people how to use the AED and also how to do CPR. Members of the public are welcome to pop along and learn how to save a life on Valentine’s Day.
Notes to Editor: Pictured Manager of Tesco Southam, Sarah Delieu, with Community Manager Martina Fitzgerald and WMAS Community Paramedic Keith Bromwich.