Balt­in­glassshop backsini­tia­tive forade­fi­bat ev­eryEurospar

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EUROSPAR Balt­in­glass is back­ing a new com­mu­nity-driven ini­tia­tive which aims to pro­vide a life-sav­ing de­fib­ril­la­tor out­side their store and every other Eurospar su­per­mar­ket in the coun­try.

The de­fib­ril­la­tor at every Eurospar Su­per­mar­ket ini­tia­tive will raise funds for the in­stal­la­tion of a pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble, au­to­matic ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tor (AED) to be lo­cated out­side of the Eurospar su­per­mar­ket. Funds will be raised through in-store col­lec­tion, com­mu­nity fund-rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and con­tri­bu­tions from the sale of a se­lec­tion of SPAR Range prod­ucts.

Wil­liam Quinn is de­lighted to launch the cam­paign in Balt­in­glass.

He said that ‘ hav­ing a life­sav­ing de­fib­ril­la­tor out­side our store and mak­ing ev­ery­one aware of it will hope­fully re­sult in sav­ing lives in this com­mu­nity.

‘I hope you will join with our team here at Eurospar Balt­in­glass in or­der to raise the funds needed to buy a de­fib­ril­la­tor for our area.’

Last year, Quinns cel­e­brated 80 years of busi­ness in Balt­in­glass, where they first es­tab­lished a busi­ness on the Main Street back in 1936.

Ear­lier this year, Eurospar Balt­in­glass was pre­sented with a pres­ti­gious Cus­tomer First award at the an­nual Eurospar Guild.

RTÉ’s Michael Lys­ter was on hand to help launch the new ini­tia­tive at the Radis­son Blu St. He­len’s Ho­tel in Dublin with Malachy Han­berry, Eurospar Manag­ing Di­rec­tor and David Men­zies, Co Chair and Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor, Car­diac First Re­spon­ders Ire­land.

Michael suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest in 2015 and had to be re­sus­ci­tated by the Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice us­ing a de­fib­ril­la­tor, so he fully un­der­stands the im­por­tance of pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble de­fib­ril­la­tors in our com­mu­ni­ties.

‘I’m de­lighted to help launch the De­fib­ril­la­tor at every Eurospar Su­per­mar­ket ini­tia­tive as this equip­ment can re­ally mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

‘Hav­ing a de­fib­ril­la­tor in a public space raises the pro­file of heart dis­ease and en­sures that peo­ple know where to find one when an emer­gency oc­curs. I look for­ward to the day when each Eurospar has a de­fib­ril­la­tor in place,’ he said.

When a heart stops beat­ing from car­diac ar­rest every se­cond counts. The chances of re­cov­ery are re­duced by 7 pert cent to 10 per cent af­ter each 60 sec­onds. Ef­fec­tive CPR cou­pled with the use of a de­fib­ril­la­tor within the first 3 to 5 min­utes of car­diac ar­rest can pro­duce sur­vival rates in the 49 per cent to 75 per cent range.

Eurospar in part­ner­ship with CFR Ire­land will pro­vide ‘chain of sur­vival’ aware­ness and CPR train­ing in the lo­cal Balt­in­glass com­mu­nity, and will also train re­tail­ers and staff mem­bers. This train­ing and aware­ness will be car­ried out by lo­cal Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders to co­in­cide with the in­stal­la­tion of the AED at lo­cal the store.

The AED will be au­to­mated to pro­duce a re­port track­ing the sta­tus of the ma­chine and high­light­ing any is­sues on a daily ba­sis. The AED will also be reg­is­tered on the Na­tional Am­bu­lance Ser­vice (NAS), CFR Ire­land and other lo­cal de­fib­ril­la­tor data­bases.

RTÉ’s Michael Lys­ter, Malachy Han­berry, Manag­ing Di­rec­tor of Eurospar and David Men­zies, Co Chair and Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor of Car­diac First Re­spon­ders Ire­land at the launch of the new cam­pa­gin.

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