When a heart stops beating from cardiac arrest every second counts. The chances of recovery are reduced by 7 – 10% after each 60 seconds. Effective CPR coupled with the use of a defibrillator within the first 3 – 5 minutes of cardiac arrest can produce survival rates in the 49% – 75% range. This is the significance of the new ‘Defibrillator at every EUROSPAR’ initiative for each community in Ireland served by a EUROSPAR supermarket.
The ‘Defibrillator at every EUROSPAR’ initiative will raise funds for the installation of a publically accessible, automatic external defibrillator (AED) to be located outside of the EUROSPAR supermarket. Funds will be raised through in-store collection, community fund-raising activities and contributions from the sale of a selected range of SPAR Range products.
EUROSPAR will provide training for retailers, staff and members of the local community by Cardiac First Responders Ireland (http://www.cfr.ie/) before installation of the AED at local supermarkets.
Each AED is automated to produce a report tracking the status of the machine, highlighting any issues on a daily basis. Each AED will be registered with the National Ambulance Service (NAS), Cardiac First Responders Ireland and other local defibrillator databases.
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