Yesterday, first aid trained colleagues from the Asda store in Bletchley extended their knowledge by undertaking their first training session on the new machine which is now a permanent fixture in the store.
Derek Flint of the NHS gave the training session, which included hands on with a training machine and a robust Q&A session.
These AED machines are being rolled out to all Asda store across the country, and form a first line of action against the public experiencing heart problems in store or the immediate area.
This machine provides not only voice commands to direct its use but also has graphics to complement these, giving a step by step guide to its use, both on the machine and the pads.
The AED will only react if the patient if the patient has a heart in Ventricle Fibrillation, therefore it is impossible to shock a heart beating normally. The machine has both an adult and child mode.
It is a self contained unit with a battery life of some 5 years and the programme is fully endorsed by the NHS and the British Heart Foundation.