AEDs are becoming increasingly important in the workplace. In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, every minute counts. Having an AED readily available in the workplace can mean the difference between life and death for an employee. In fact, survival rates have been shown to increase by up to 70% when defibrillation is performed within the first three minutes of a cardiac arrest
Why is it important?
- Increases the chance of survival in case of sudden cardiac arrest
- Provides peace of mind for employees and their families
- Easy to use, even by non-medical personnel
- Clear and concise instructions, voice prompts, and visual cues make it simple to use in an emergency
- Increasingly affordable and accessible
- Can mean the difference between life and death
- Essential for ensuring the health and safety of employees
- Can improve employee morale and satisfaction
- Shows a commitment to employee well-being and safety by the employer
- Can potentially save lives and prevent long-term medical costs associated with cardiac arrests.
An AED in the workplace also provides peace of mind for employees and their families. Knowing that there is an AED readily available in case of an emergency can provide a sense of security and comfort. This can be especially important for employees who have a pre-existing heart condition, or are at an increased risk of heart disease.
Finally, it's important to comply with the laws and regulations of your state. This includes registering an AED with the state emergency medical services (EMS) agency, providing training on the proper use for employees, and having a written AED program in place that includes information on maintenance, training, and emergency response. It is also important to have a medical oversight and liability coverage in place. It's not just a legal requirement but also a responsible action to ensure the safety and well-being of employees.