Woolworths Esperance installs defibrillator

Woolworths managing director Claire Peters and Integrity Health chief executive officer Liam Harte demonstrate a defibrillator in a store. Photo: Woolworths.
Woolworths managing director Claire Peters and Integrity Health chief executive officer Liam Harte demonstrate a defibrillator in a store. Photo: Woolworths.

A defibrillator is now available at Woolworths Esperance for the public to use in the event of sudden cardiac arrest.

The defibrillator is part of a priority roll out program at Woolworths to make sure regional communities, where it may be hard to access a medical site, get first access to the roll out.

The defibrillator can be used by anyone, with clear step-by-step voice instructions to guide users.

Store manager Troy Rawle said he was pleased to have a defibrillator installed in the store that everyone could access.

"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," Mr Rawle said.

"The best medical advice tells us that access to a defibrillator early on can greatly increase the chance of survival."

An estimated 20,000 Australians suffer a cardiac arrest outside a hospital every year.

The survival rate if you have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital is approximately 10 per cent.

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute deputy executive director Jamie Vandenberg said sudden cardiac arrests were usually fatal if action wasn't taken immediately.

"It's critical all Australians are equipped with the skills to act quickly in these circumstances; the first three to five minutes hold the key to survival," Mr Vandenberg said.

"Access to a defibrillator can mean the difference between saving or losing a life.

"Unfortunately, there are often no warning signs for a cardiac arrest, and it can happen to young people as well as older people regardless of gender.

"This Woolworths initiative is critical for local communities in the case of an emergency."

The defibrillator installed at Woolworths Esperance was supplied by Winc, in partnership with Integrity Health and Safety.