LEIGH’S Asda store has been fitted with a new life-saving piece of equipment thanks to a donation by the North West Ambulance Service.
Automated External Defibrillators (AED) are now in the store on Atherleigh Way in Leigh.
AED’s are already in other public buildings across the borough and can be used on somebody suffering from cardiac arrests or other heart-related problems in public places.
Figures show that some 300,000 have heart attacks in public places every year in the UK.
The value of public AED’s was proved in 2010, when a 15-year-old Hindley boy had a heart attack in his local gym.
Patrick Horrocks collapsed on a treadmill at Hindley Leisure Centre, but thanks to the quick actions of staff members he was resuscitated using an AED, which were installed in all Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) buildings.
David McNally, Community Resuscitation Development Manager said: “NWAS is delighted to be providing the AEDs and delivering the training to Asda.
“In the event of a person suffering cardiac arrest, quick action can be taken to give the patient the best chance of survival.
“It is proven that in every minute that passes without intervention, the chances of survival deceases by 14 per cent. Effective CPR and defibrillation ensures the patient has the best chance of survival.”
AEDs come equipped with an internal computer and automated voice, which guides users through every step making them usable by anyone – even if you haven’t had a familiarisation session.
They monitor heart activity once pads are fitted to the patient and instruct the user accordingly based on the readings they take. AEDs also internally self-test, provide a clear indication with a green or red light whether there is any fault and hosts are fully trained on the daily checking procedures.
Members of the community resuscitation team at NWAS have already visited the two stores to conduct AED familiarisation sessions with its colleagues.
Mark Dimbleby, store manager at Asda Wigan, added: “Supermarkets get thousands of people through their doors each week and like any other public place there can be rare occurrences of cardiac arrests.
“We’re pleased we can help make a difference by putting a defibrillator in our store so colleagues, communities and emergency services have access to this life saving equipment.
“The North West Ambulance Service has responded to around 2,000 call outs at Asda stores in the region in the past 12 months so we have seen the amazing work they do first hand. We felt it was important to support NWAS however we could and protect the health of our customers.”