Supermarket puts defibrillator within reach
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.
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.