Naracoorte residents now have access to a defibrillator in Woolworths to assist in the event of sudden cardiac arrest.
The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has been installed in Woolworths Naracoorte in recent weeks and is part of a priority roll out program at Woolworths that ensures rural and regional community, or areas where it may be hard to access a medical site, gets first access to a planned national roll out.
The AED is designed to be used by anyone, with clear step-by-step voice instructions that can guide members of the public through the process.
"We are pleased to have a defibrillator installed in our store which everyone can have access to," Woolworths Naracoorte store manager Andy Taylor said.
"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.
"The best medical advice tells us that access to an AED early on can greatly increase the chance of survival."
An estimated 20,000 Australians suffer a cardiac arrest outside a hospital every year.
The survival rate if you have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital is approximately 10 per cent.
"As the statistics suggest, sudden cardiac arrests are usually fatal if action isn't taken immediately," said deputy executive director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Professor Jamie Vandenberg.
"It's critical all Australians are equipped with the skills to act quickly in these circumstances; the first 3-5 minutes holds the key to survival.
"A sudden cardiac arrest occurs when there is an electrical problem with the heart.
"A defibrillator delivers a therapeutic dose of electrical currents to the heart, giving a person their best chance of survival.
"Unfortunately, there are often no warning signs for a cardiac arrest, and it can happen to young people as well as older people, regardless of gender."
The defibrillator installed at Woolworths Naracoorte is supplied by Winc, in partnership with Integrity Health & Safety, Australia's first indigenous provider of work health and safety products, which will also enable a positive social impact.