Heart defibrillators are to be put in every ASDA store in Scotland.
The company who have a store in Girvan’s Vicarton Street is one of 58 shops across the country taking part in the scheme.
All stores will have trained staff and a defibrillator device in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation.
The supermarket giant has spent over £500,000 on the project and it is hoped that the measure will increase the survival chances of someone suffering a cardiac arrest.
It means any member of the public will be able to deliver an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest.
The chances of surviving cardiac arrest fall by 10% every minute that the patient isn’t given CPR and defibrillation.
All the new devices are expected to be in place by the end of the year. Asda’s head of community Dawn Clements, said: “We’re really proud of our investment of over £500,000 in providing life-saving defibrillators for all of the communities we operate in.
“It can take a number of minutes for an ambulance to reach one of our stores in response to an emergency like a cardiac arrest. 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.”
More than 60,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year in the UK, but only one in ten people survive.
Research has shown that if a chain of survival is followed – immediate 999 call, early CPR and defibrillation and proper post resuscitation care – then survival rates can reach 75 per cent.
The British Heart Foundation’s chief executive 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.”