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We now have defibrillators in all our owned stores – here’s what to know
We’re working with British Heart Foundation to help respond to cardiac arrests.
We’re responding to the risk of cardiac arrest
To help someone who’s in cardiac arrest survive, a defibrillator needs to be used as quickly as possible. AEDs give a high-energy electric shock to the heart, and for every minute it takes a defibrillator to reach someone and deliver a shock, their chances of survival lower. That’s why you’ll now find a defibrillator in all our owned stores. When someone goes into cardiac arrest, 999 call-handlers can direct bystanders to the nearest registered defibrillator while they wait for the ambulance to arrive. If you’re alone with someone who’s gone into cardiac arrest, you shouldn’t leave them to find a defibrillator – the ambulance will bring one.
Our staff are being trained up
Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chance of survival by up to 10%. O2 is rolling out BHF’s first-of-its-kind CPR training tool RevivR to its staff, to help in an emergency. Hundreds of O2 staff across the UK have already been trained in how to use a defibrillator with help from British Heart Foundation. We’re encouraging even more staff, including those in front-line store positions, to get trained in 2023.
You can learn CPR skills, too
It’s not just defibrillators that can help if someone experiences a cardiac arrest – performing CPR can more than double the chances of survival in some cases. That’s why we’ve made sure British Heart Foundation’s RevivR online course is zero-rated, meaning O2 customers can access it on their phone or tablet without using any data. You can learn lifesaving CPR in just 15 minutes, free with RevivR. It couldn’t be simpler – you just need your mobile phone and a cushion to practise on.
Want to learn more?
The British Heart Foundation website is filled with useful resources. You can find out more about CPR and defibrillators, as well as information and support for heart and circulatory diseases. In addition to the BHF website, we have also zero-rated the NHS GoodSAM app. This is used to alert nearby community first responders when someone is suffering a cardiac arrest, so they can start CPR in the critical minutes before the emergency services arrive at the scene. And O2 customers can access this vital tool without using any data.