Most people within a workplace setting don't know where the closest AED is at. Much yet, even what an AED is supposed to look like.A recent study shows half of all workers cannot locate the AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, at work. In the hospitality industry, that number rose to 66 percent, according to the American Heart Association.
Unfortunately, may people assume that someone else will know where the AED is or that someone else will respond. This results in a false sense of security leaving employees with the impression that someone in the workplace will be qualified and able to respond, when that is clearly not the case,
If you are working in a new location or begin frequenting a certain establishment, always locate the nearest available AED if there is one. AED machines can be hard to find, but in most public places they are located where a fire extinguisher would be: near an exit, bathroom, break room or even at a front desk. if you can't locate the AED; ask the manager or supervisor where the nearest AED and First Aid kit is located.
It is always good to be prepared.
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.