Have you ever incurred an emergency situation at work that involved cardiac arrest or another significant health related event? Hopefully not or even in the near future. However, the majority of working Americans wouldn’t know what to do in the event a coworker began having a heart attack in the office, according to two recent American Heart Association surveys.
With about 10,000 cardiac arrests occurring in the workplace every year, it is critical to advance workplace education on CPR and First Aid and the use of the AED so that employees can become more proactive and confident in their abilities. Unfortunately, most survey respondents said they don’t have access to CPR and first aid training, and half of them couldn’t locate an automated external defibrillator (AED) at work.
In a survey conducted of more than 3,000 workers in various fields, between February and April 2017, approximately 55 percent of all respondents said they could not receive first aid or CPR+AED training from their employer, and that even if they could, employers only often offered one or the other.
With this in mind, it is important to consider how important taking 3-5 hours out of your weekend every two years to become CPR/AED/First Aid certified and re-certified really is to you. Not only can this be extremely important to your co-workers and the work environment but also for your family and loved ones in case of an unexpected emergency.
Take the time to learn CPR and First Aid this summer!!!
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.