Why Your New Jersey Office Is Not Complete Without An AED
Posted by CPR Training New Jersey
The New Jersey Department of Health has set an ambitious goal to reduce the rate of heart disease-related deaths in the state by the year 2020 -- but what are you doing to cut the risk in your own workplace?
As an employer, there isn’t a lot you can do to prevent sudden cardiac arrest, but there are ways you can protect your employees if it happens at work. One of the simplest and most effective ways to save lives is to install an automated external defibrillator (AED), and ensure that 100% of your workforce is trained to use it properly.
With cardiac arrest, getting help sooner is always better
According to medical experts, reducing the risk of cardiac death is contingent on what is called “the chain of survival,” which includes timely deployment of CPR and other lifesaving protocols, like the use of an AED. And while you may think that sudden cardiac arrest will never happen in the workplace, statistically, that’s just not true.
OSHA estimates that close to 10,000 instances of cardiac arrest happen in the workplace each year -- and when employees aren’t equipped to respond early, waiting for professional medical help to arrive and perform defibrillation significantly decreases survival rates - to 5-7 percent. Fortunately, thanks to New Jersey state laws, which protect properly trained civilians who assist in instances of cardiac arrest by deploying an AED, coworkers aren’t helpless when cardiac emergencies occur in the workplace.
By providing your employees with the necessary tools and training to confidently respond in the event of a cardiac emergency, you can reduce the risk of cardiac-related deaths in your workplace, and reduce your liability as an employer.
Workplace AEDs: Proven effective, proven lifesavers
You might be wondering how much an AED can really do? The simple answer is this: a lot.
AED machines, which are designed to be user-friendly so that non-medical professionals can use them quickly in the event of an emergency, are extremely effective and accessible. The American Heart Association estimates that almost 100,000 deaths could be prevented each year if AEDs were more widely available, especially in workplaces, and if people knew how to use them.
Moreover, the combination of AED/CPR training is more effective than CPR training alone. A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor found that when a group of people have both CPR and AED training, and access to AED machines, twice as many victims survive cardiac arrest compared to similar groups with only CPR training.
Although your office isn’t required to have an AED available, the State of New Jersey highly recommends it, and your workforce isn’t prepared for an emergency situation without it. To join in the Garden State’s great fight to cut cardiac death, consider investing in an AED and implementing a company-wide training program.
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