Retail giant Eurospar launched their ‘Defibrillator at every Eurospar’ initiative earlier this week.
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.
The four Donegal outlets of the franchise to benefit are McClafferty’s Eurospar on Gortahork main street, Whoriskey’s Eurospar on Ramelton main street, Kernan’s Eurospar in Newtowncunningham, and Kee’s Eurospar in Laghey.
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 say they will provide training for retailers, staff and members of the local community by Cardiac First Responders Ireland before installation of the AED at local supermarkets.
A spokesperson for the the initiative explained the benefits of having a defibrillator in the community.
“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.”
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.Tags: