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Tesco is making a big change that will affect all stores and staff

Tesco has announced that it will encourage all of its 300,000 employees in the UK to learn CPR. In doing so, it follows in the footsteps of other big business Travelodge and Royal Mail.

It will be the first grocer to deploy the RevivR tool to its staff. As part of the move, more than 2,500 defibrillators, which are in its Tesco stores, are registered with The Circuit, which is the National Defibrillator Network, MEN reports.

Royal Mail has already promoted the RevivR tool to its staff through its digital channels, on posters at 200 of its locations and through articles in its in-house magazine, Courier. The aim is for postal workers to gain a basic understanding of CPR, should they come across a member of the public in need of assistance.

British Heart Foundation chief executive Dr Charmaine Griffiths said: “Our BHF team were determined to do more to help save lives after seeing the collapse of Christian Eriksen last year, knowing that the sad reality is that today less than 1 in 10 people survive an illness from cardiac arrest to hospital in the UK RevivR is a super easy way to learn a lifesaving skill – everything you need all you need is your cell phone and a firm cushion.In just 15 minutes, you learn how to recognize cardiac arrest, with personalized feedback to build confidence in CPR and the use of a defibrillator.

“The support our brilliant partners have given to RevivR has been invaluable and will help save lives. The teams at Travelodge, Tesco and Royal Mail are helping us to ensure that even more people have the skills they need to save a life. Witnessing cardiac arrest in our lifetime, and it could happen to someone you love. Take a few minutes to learn or hone your skills. It could help save a life.”

Oonagh Turnbull, Head of Health Campaigns at Tesco, said: “Tesco has been fundraising for the British Heart Foundation since 2015, and as part of our wider partnership it has been wonderful to offer our support as a partner. driver for RevivR. It was a natural extension of installing defibrillators and uploading them to the Circuit. Tesco colleagues really enjoyed learning CPR through the RevivR training tool. We are only too happy to help raise awareness of this vital, life-saving skill. »

Tom Edwards, Chief Revenue Officer of Travelodge and Charity Sponsor, said: “The British Heart Foundation has been our staff-nominated charity since 2017 and we are delighted to be the first UK hotel brand to support the launch of the association’s RevivR application. Our nationwide trials, which include members of our Executive Board, have been extremely successful and have created great momentum across the business. This summer, we will further support this great, life-saving initiative by raising awareness of the importance of CPR with over 10,000 colleagues and our national customer base, which includes millions of business and leisure travelers.

James Cannon of Royal Mail said: “Royal Mail is delighted to support the development of the RevivR app with the British Heart Foundation. Feedback has been great due to its simplicity and interactive elements. We have used this as a way to extend our existing first aid offering with the aim of all staff having basic CPR skills and where we can be able to offer support to members of the public in an emergency. The app has been shared with our first responder population – for their use as a reminder and for them to become champions – and it is frequently promoted across our many communication channels and networks to encourage increased use.