A UK supermarket giant is set to install a life-saving defibrillator machine in its Ellon and Inverurie stores to “help save lives locally”.
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 that less than one in ten survive.
The BHF say that 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.”
Tesco will introduce defibrillators across 13 stores in Aberdeenshire and 109 stores across Scotland.
Sara Askew, British Heart Foundation Head of Survival, said: “If you have a cardiac arrest in the UK today you have just a one in ten chance of survival.
“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.
She added: “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.”
The supermarket have stated that by installing the defibrillator they are “providing lifesaving support to customers and colleagues”.
Tesco have said they are working “to improve the health of the nation” through its partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.
The company say that the partnership supports new initiatives that will help people lead healthier, longer and more active lives.
The other Tesco stores in Aberdeenshire that will have the machines installed are Aberdeen Extra, Banff, Fraserburgh, Aberdeen Westhill, Huntly, Keith, Aberdeen South, Aberdeen, Turriff, Banchory and Aberdeen Woodend.
The defibrillator model to be installed in the Tesco stores will give clear spoken instructions so no training is required before hand.
The machine will detect the heart’s rhythm and will only deliver a shock if needed.