This week, we announced that we are investing in a network of potentially life-saving defibrillators in over 100 of our stores across Ireland. Investing in the Automated External Defibrillators (AED) with stores nationwide will provide additional supports for our communities across the country should an emergency take place.
The AED units are easy to use and are designed to support first responders and members of the community to assist in caring for someone suffering from a cardiac incident. While the first point of call is always to alert the ambulance services, the user is guided by the machine on what to do to assist until trained paramedics arrive. The units provide real-time visual and verbal feedback to the user on the force and rate of CPR compression during resuscitation.
Since 2014, we have donated over €12,500 to various community groups to fund the purchase of defibrillators in their community; including sports groups, civil defence branches and local dedicated defibrillator groups, across the four corners of Ireland.
Director of Communications at St John Ambulance Ireland, Paul Downes, recently commented, “The reality is that most cardiac arrests occur out of hospital and often close to a friend or a family member. In these urgent situations, the accessibility of an AED is vital. The patient’s chance of survival increases greatly if an AED can be deployed early in the rescue. Tesco adding 100 new machines to the network of AEDs already publicly available nationwide, is a great help to first responders and potentially lifesaving to patients.”
Geoff Byrne, our Chief Operating Officer said: “We’re proud to support the communities we serve and to be a good neighbour in whatever way we can. This is a significant investment from our business, and we wanted to support our communities and give peace of mind to our customers and the general public, that should an emergency arise, a potentially life-saving defibrillator is available.”
In recent years, defibrillators have become easier to use, being automatic, portable and affordable. This has resulted in a significant increase in the number of AEDs in Ireland. Each AED in our network is automated to produce a report tracking the status of the machine and highlighting any issues daily and is monitored remotely by us and a third-party provider.