We’ve had the pleasure of training Woolworths Limited staff in first aid and CPR over the years and preparing them for this very scenario. A customer collapsing in store after suffering a heart attack and going into cardiac arrest.
As the Cowra Guardian report, this was the very situation that faced Cowra Woolworths store manager Steve Burns earlier this week. Thankfully quick-thinking Steve along with the help of bystanders commenced CPR and continued to provide First Aid until paramedics arrived.
It was these initial actions that are now being credited as saving the life of the 62 year old casualty. As David Paterson, NSW Ambulance station officer, told the Cowra Guardian
“Those efforts were absolutely crucial and lifesaving to sustain life, it allows us to do what we need to do.
“NSW Ambulance is always thankful and appreciative of the efforts that the public provides us in these sorts of cases.”
Remarkably, after this latest incident, Steve’s CPR tally is now two from two in two years – after successfully performing CPR in a separate incident two years ago.
Having your workplace and staff members trained in first aid and CPR is not only law but critical in preparing for situations like this. Accidents and illness in the workplace are unfortunately not a matter of “if”, but “when”. Having staff trained in First Aid can allow them to act confidently and competently and it can, in some cases like Steve’s, mean the difference between life and death.
If you would like to train your workplace in first aid and CPR, get in touch with us today. You can have individual employees attend our public courses in Port Macquarie and Taree or alternatively, we also offer group courses both on and off-site.