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.
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!!!
Are you or a family member babysitting this summer to help out or to make some extra money?
Or are you a parent that will be leaving your child in the care of another? Leaving a child in the care of someone else can be tough for anyone regardless of the age of the child. But there are various things that you can do as a a parent or a caregiver to ensure that the child is protected and in the best of care in case of an emergency.
First two things:
1. Learn CPR and/or make sure the babysitter is proficient in Pediatric Infant and Child CPR & First Aid
2. Make sure that you or the babysitter are familiar with the proper techniques to administer the Heimlich Maneuver.
The other additional things are making sure that all medication bottles are tightly sealed, cleaning supplies are locked away, and that important number are posted on the refrigerator or in a easily visible location.
Also make sure that the EpiPen is handy if the child has allergies.
Last but not least, have 9-1-1 programmed on your mobile phone for easy access.
Here at Help-A-Heart CPR we provide Pediatric Infant/Child CPR/AED/First Aid certification classes. These classes are perfect for babysitters, camp counselors, caregivers, grandparents, and anyone that will be interacting with infants and small children. These classes concentrate solely on the emergency care needs of the infant and child and use the American Heart Association Curriculum.
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.