Woolworths shows they have a heart

MANY residents will now have access to a defibrillator in their local Woolworths store to assist in the event of sudden cardiac arrest.

The Automated External Defibrillators (AED) have been installed in Woolworths stores at Marrickville, Ashfield and Campsie and are designed to be used by anyone, with clear step-by-step voice instructions that can guide members of the public through the process.
Woolworths inner west Group Manager, Mariam Hammoud said; “You never know when a sudden cardiac arrest might strike and in the unfortunate event that it does, having the local community able to access this treatment, could help to save lives. The best medical advice tells us that access to an AED early on can greatly increase the chance of survival.”
Deputy Executive Director, Professor Jamie Vandenberg from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute said as the statistics suggest, sudden cardiac arrests are usually fatal if action isn’t taken immediately.
“It’s critical all Australians are equipped with the skills to act quickly in these circumstances; the first 3-5 minutes holds the key to survival,” he said.
“Access to a defibrillator can mean the difference between saving or losing a life.”