In an infographic on cardiac arrest and heart attack basics, the American Heart Association states that cardiac arrest can be reversible in some individuals if treated within the first few minutes. However, the chance of death increases with each minute the person goes without treatment. Every minute matters in the case of a heart attack—the longer a person goes without treatment, the greater the damage to the heart will be.
As the American Heart Association states “fast action can save lives,” and to facilitate fast action, you need time on your side. Have needed tools nearby, educated employees on how to use them quickly and correctly, and train them for emergency response. You never know when it could save a life.
Below, we provide a few tips that could give your employees a higher chance of survival should an emergency situation arise.
Train Staff for the Unexpected
When the moment arises, you want employees who can respond quickly and are prepared with the knowledge needed. Consider organizing your employees into teams, provide them with the information they need and hold regular safety drills to practice.
For example, Westfield has a team of emergency responders given special training specifically for this purpose, and with knowledge on AED devices available in various campus buildings.
Organizations like the American Heart Association provide online courses on first aid, CPR, and automated external defibrillator (AED) essentials for corporate professionals. Learn more about their Heartsaver eLearning courses, which also include hands-on skill sessions.
Provide Continual Education on Risks
Do not let the initial burst of health awareness and life-saving information be forgotten. Remind teams of the basics on a regular basis, and make it an essential element of new employee onboarding.
Consider holding quarterly review and practice sessions, and always have educational materials on hand for those that wish to learn more.
Appoint an internal safety team with individuals willing to maintain certifications, and be a point of reference on the latest policies and procedures. For true representation, have a representative from each department volunteer to champion these safety measures.
Maintain Inventory of First Aid Equipment Items
Be prepared with the following items on site and ready for use in any sudden disaster:
- Basic first aid kit: This may include items like compress dressings, bandages, cloth tape, wipes, ointment, aspirin, gauze and thermometers.
- CPR/AED equipment: This may include a CPR shield, vinyl gloves, razor, utility shears, wipes and AED machine.
Many of these items can be purchased for the workplace through the American Red Cross’s online store. (The store has a specific section with you in mind, labeled as “Workplace Safety.”)
Check your facilities and HR department programs for opportunities to integrate, and keep these tips close to heart to potentially save a life.
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