Oh boy! Here comes summer with sunshine, warm weather and the opportunity to be outdoors.
You have taken the time to assure that you have the proper number of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) strategically located throughout your facility to protect your employees in the event of an SCA.
To put things into perspective, here are some stats from the American Heart Association.
- More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year
- There are about 10,000 cardiac arrests in the workplace each year in the United States
- Only 50% of people can locate an automated external defibrillator (AED) at work
- 55 percent of employees can’t get first aid or CPR and AED training from their employer
Do not think that the risk of sudden cardiac arrest is restricted to the middle-aged and elderly populations. According to this article, the CDC reported that 2000 young people under age 25 die each year from SCA. Apparently, many - but not all - of them were athletes who appeared to be healthy and strong.
This Parent Heart Watch article lists the following warning signs for sudden cardiac arrest in the young:
- Fainting (syncope) or seizures
- Chest pain
- Racing heart beat (tachycardia)
- Unusual shortness of breath
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Unusual fatigue or tiredness
While it may be true that the great majority of SCAs (about 80%) occur at home, still a great number occur in the workplace and can even include young people. So, if you have risk management responsibilities in your company, please do your employees a favor and make sure that you have AEDs in the outdoor areas that they have access to.
This OSHA brochure provides a summary of reasons why you should have AEDs in the workplace of which this one is extremely important, “A heart rhythm in ventricular fibrillation may only be restored to normal by an electric shock.” While CPR with external cardiac compression is essential to pump blood to the victim’s brain during the arrest, only an AED shock will restore normal heart function.
This is where PlusTrac™, the world’s leading AED program management solution, can help. We have the expertise to properly identify the number of AEDs needed, where they should be located, how to properly maintain them and manage your entire AED program.
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