Is Your Workforce Prepared to Respond to a Cardiac Emergency?
Recent research from the American Heart Association (AHA) found that a little over 50% of employees don’t know where the AED equipment is located in their workplace, and that number is closer to 66% in hospitality fields. In a cardiac event, a handful of seconds can be the difference between life and death, so ensuring your team knows where to access the AED is essential.
65% of surveyed employees said they’d ‘view their employer more positively’ if they were offered CPR training, showing people are interested in having a safe workplace. Despite this 55% of employees said that they weren’t given either First Aid or CPR+AED training by their employer. Furthermore, the minority that did receive training usually had training on only one topic, not a comprehensive review of both.
Facts About AEDs in the Workplace
This lack of training and preparedness is allowing deaths that could’ve otherwise been prevented. Statistics gathered by the American Heart Association and OSHA show that:
- 9/10 cardiac arrest victims who receive a shock from an AED in the first minute of cardiac arrest survive.
- The survival rate of cardiac arrest when relying entirely on emergency medical personnel can be as low as 5% – 7% by the time they show up, compared to closer to a 60% survival rate when an AED is used.
- Survival rates for cardiac arrest can double or triple in some cases when CPR is applied by a trained bystander.
Using these statistics we find that if the people involved in those 10,000 workplace cardiac arrest attacks had the proper training and equipment, the number could be anywhere from 6,000 – 9,000 deaths lower depending on the speed of action taken.
Prepare Your Company for 2024 with Life-Saving Training
In 2022 the CDC found that the number of deaths in the US caused by heart disease had increased since 2021. Heart disease is still the leading cause of death for adults in the United States with nearly 700,000 deaths in 2022. Cardiac arrest deaths account for nearly a third of the total (220,000) and about 10,000 of those deaths occur at work.
With the new year around the corner now is a great time to book a training for your team in case one of those 10,000 attacks happens at your workplace in 2024. Reach out today to set up a training for your company and let’s take the first steps forward to making 2024 a safer year. We come to your business and plan our training around your schedule to make it as convenient as possible for you and your staff.
Remember, being over-prepared can cost money, being under-prepared can cost lives.