Every Asda store, depot and office will have a life-saving defibrillator by the end of the year.
We’ve teamed up with British Heart Foundation (BHF) to make this commitment and help reduce the number of people who die from cardiac arrests each year.
The defibrillators are easy to use and can be accessed by any member of the public. They deliver an electric shock to the heart to help get it going again.
We’re also working with BHF and local ambulance trusts to train our 12,000 colleagues in how to use them.
Every year 60,000 people in the UK will have a heart attack out of hospital and sadly less than one in ten will survive. Every minute that passes will reduce a cardiac patient’s survival rate by 10% which is why it’s so vital to have the life-saving equipment to hand. An immediate 999 call and early CPR and defibrillation can greatly increase the chances of survival.
Dawn Clements, our Head of Community, said: “We’re really proud of our investment of more than £500,000 in life-saving defibrillators for all the communities we operate in. The commitment we’re making today could significantly cut the amount of time a cardiac arrest sufferer has to wait for life-saving CPR and defibrillation, giving them the best possible chance of survival.”
BHF’s Chief Exec Simon Gillespie said: "Cardiac arrest survival rates in the UK are astonishingly low. But Asda’s bold commitment to become the first large retailer to have CPR trained staff and public access defibrillators in every store will be instrumental in helping communities up and down the country access the life-saving support they need in an emergency.
“This really could mean the difference between life and death for someone having a cardiac arrest while doing something as ordinary as shopping.”
You can find out more about defibrillators and how they work on the BHF website.