Life-saving equipment installed at Tesco store

Tesco is set to introduce defibrillators in 907 of its largest stores, providing lifesaving support to customers and colleagues across the UK, including the store in Berwick.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 01 May, 2016, 07:35
Tesco store at Dalkeith

Statistics from the British Heart Foundation show that over 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital in the UK every year, but less than one in ten survive. For every minute without CPR and defibrillation, a person’s chance of survival decreases by around 10 percent.

Tony Hoggett, Tesco UK chief operating officer said: “We are always looking for ways to help the communities we serve, and we know that having a defibrillator to hand can mean saving the life of someone suffering a cardiac arrest. This initiative has the potential to make a real difference to customers and colleagues all over the country.”

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Sara Askew, BHF head of survival, said: “More people could be saved if more people had the skills and confidence to perform CPR and more defibrillators were available and accessible in public places. We are delighted that Tesco is supporting BHF’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign by making public access defibrillators available in all its larger stores. Knowing vital CPR skills and having access to a defibrillator can often be the difference between life and death.”