Su­per­mar­ket puts de­fib­ril­la­tor within reach

Kaikoura Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PIPPA BROWN

New World su­per­mar­ket on Beach Rd has made the po­ten­tially life-sav­ing de­ci­sion to make its AED de­fib­ril­la­tor ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic by plac­ing it in the outer foyer.

The Au­to­mated Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tor or AED had been in the cus­tomer ser­vices area and own­ers Mel and Glen Steele were only too happy to make it avail­able for pub­lic use after be­ing ap­proached by St John sta­tion manger Don Wright.

The unit will ser­vice the re­tail hub at Harakeke Mall, along with Smith’s City, Hunt­ing and Fish­ing, Postie, Kaiko¯ura Com­mu­nity Gym and Ham­mer Hard­ware.

‘‘We were more than happy to put ours out here so it is ac­ces­si­ble 24 hours a day for the whole area to use,’’ said Mel.

New World staff were trained in the use of the de­vice as part of their first aid train­ing.

Iden­ti­fi­able by a red cover, the unit was un­locked and an alarm would go off once it was opened.

Mel said once the box was opened a record­ing would talk through how to use the de­fib­ril­la­tor.

‘‘Its just out there for the whole com­plex, who­ever is close by can use it,’’ she said.

Wright said it would be ben­e­fi­cial to the com­mu­nity, and he was grate­ful Mel and Glen agreed to bring it out­side so it was avail-

‘‘It's fan­tas­ti­cally lo­cated to cover all the business in the vicin­ity of the mall.’’

able to the pub­lic.

‘‘It’s fan­tas­ti­cally lo­cated to cover all the business in the vicin­ity of the Mall.

He said early in­ter­ven­tion was crucial with a car­diac ar­rest.

‘‘It’s all about time and the em­pha­sis is on early de­fib­ril­la­tion.

‘‘We only achieve that in a small com­mu­nity by hav­ing lots of de­fib­ril­la­tors avail­able for pub­lic use.

Wright said us­ing an AED was much more ef­fi­cient than CPR.

‘‘CPR will just buy you more time un­til you can ac­tu­ally de­liver an elec­tri­cal shock to the heart to re­vert the fib­ril­la­tion.’’

If you have a AED which the pub­lic can use go to https:/ /aed­lo­ca­tions.co.nz to add it. St John also have an app which teaches CPR and how to use an AED.

PHOTO: PIPPA BROWN/STUFF

New World own­ers Mel Steel and Glen Steele with St John sta­tion manger Don Wright with the red AED de­fib­ril­la­tor which will be ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic in the outer foyer.

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