Seymour residents now have access to a defibrillator at the town’s Woolworths supermarket.
The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was installed on June 19 and is designed to be used by anyone, with clear step-by-step voice instructions that can guide members of the public through the process in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.
An estimated 20000 Australians suffer a cardiac arrest outside hospital every year. The survival rate if you have a cardiac arrest outside hospital is about 10 per cent.
The defibrillator at Woolworths Seymour is supplied by Winc, in partnership with Integrity Health and Safety, Australia’s first indigenous provider of work health and safety products.
Woolworths Seymour store manager Michelle Cook said the team was pleased to have a defibrillator installed.
‘‘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,’’ Ms Cook said.
‘‘The best medical advice tells us that access to an AED early on can greatly increase the chance of survival.’’