February is Heart Health Month. Do You Own an AED?
By Darcy Cook, CSHO, SHS, PTA, Safety Trainers
Having an AED (Automated External Defibrillators) in the Workplace can be Life-Saving
A 41-year old worker at a manufacturer of heating and air-conditioning systems suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at work. Luckily, the company had installed AEDs and trained personnel; the victim was revived within 4 minutes. Could your company have responded so quickly?
According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States. As cardiac arrests can happen anywhere, it is important for companies and organizations to implement AED programs, so employees are prepared to respond to an emergency.
OSHA defines AEDs as "a medical device designed to analyze the heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock to victims of ventricular fibrillation to restore the heart rhythm to normal."
Having an AED device placed in an area where people work close together can increase survival up to 60%. With an AED in the workplace, workers will be better prepared to save the life of a coworker.
AED are not required for manufacturing industry, however, if you have a fitness center for your employees at work, you are required to have an AED in the fitness center. AEDs are becoming standard best practices in companywide first aid plans.
Since you are required by OSHA to have staff trained in first aid and bloodborne pathogens, why not add AED training. AEDs are everywhere in your community. They are designed for the average person without training to be able to turn them on and follow the prompts. Now is the perfect time to learn more about AED Implementation and the benefits of having your staff trained and having early access to an AED at your workplace.
Darcy Cook is President of Safety Trainers, a division of Cook Professional Resources, Inc. (Worcester, MA). She can be reached at (508) 799-2857 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.safetytrainers.com