Although you recognize how essential it is to implement an AED program in your workplace, others may not appreciate the potential life-saving benefits. How do you convince them?
What is an AED?
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a device used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SAC) patients. In cases of sudden cardiac arrest, the shock of an AED system can help revive the heartbeat and get it back to the regular rhythm of the patient’s heart.
Are AEDs critical in the workplace?
Despite these statistics, there are no national laws on AEDs in the workplace. Although states have passed laws on AEDs, there isn’t a national law mandating that they be in the workplace.
70% of Americans believe they can’t respond properly to a cardiac emergency because of inadequate knowledge or lack of experience in performing CPR on patients recovering from cardiac arrests, according to the American Heart Association. The chances of survival increases when an AED is used before emergency help arrives.
With CPR and AED together, the effectiveness rate of CPR is greatly increased compared to CPR alone. For this reason, AEDs must be implemented in the workplace, as this will ensure the highest level of protection and make employees feel safe.
How can workplaces understand the requirements of having an AED on site?
Workplaces that use an AED can have other provisions to help ensure compliance with the laws in their state. The AED requirements can usually be summed up in the following categories:
CPR and AED training programs can help prevent medical situations such as SAC. Employees who complete the course can apply this knowledge and safety precautions to protect their families at home and in their communities.
Some states require the registrations of AEDs by local EMS, 911 call centers, public security answering points, or state centers. For more information, ask your AED manufacturer as they normally handle registration.
AED Medical Directions
AED registration and medical directions, known as “oversight,” sometimes go hand-in-hand. Look into the solutions offered by the AED manufacturer and, if possible, contact them directly.
You may be required to submit paperwork regarding an AED if it is used. This “post-use reporting” should be part of your AED manufacturer’s service.
By providing access to AED units on site, workplaces will round out the benefits package they offer to their workers. Employees are among the most valuable assets, so a death at work will affect a company’s employees. You will help your business stay healthier by educating more people about the SCA and the uses of AEDs and CPR.
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