Expect the Unexpected: 3 Reasons to Have an AED in the Workplace
Over the last decade, the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has appeared in schools, stores, airports, and medical centers across the country. Based on the idea that the majority of sudden cardiac arrest is denoted by a condition called ventricular fibrillation, these machines are designed to administer a targeted electrical shock to the heart to help it regain its normal rhythm. While it makes sense to have these devices in areas where large numbers of people congregate, the reason for having one in the workplace may not be as apparent. Click HERE to purchase an AED for your office!
Heart Disease Accounts for 1 in 4 Deaths in the USHeart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. Accounting for 1 in 4 deaths, more than 610,000 people die each year of the condition. What's more shocking is that many people who have heart disease do not know about it. Whether they are asymptomatic or ignore early warning signs, it is possible for seemingly healthy people to experience sudden cardiac arrest. With 47 percent of sudden cardiac arrest happening outside of the hospital, the likelihood that someone will have a heart attack without emergency medical personnel around is astonishingly high.
The Death Rate for Sudden Cardiac Arrest is HighOf those that experience sudden cardiac arrest, 9 out of 10 people will die while waiting for emergency medical personnel. More surprisingly, sudden cardiac arrest kills more people than many of the next leading causes of death, combined. However, this number is significantly decreased if the person is given CPR and defibrillation while waiting for an emergency response. If these lifesaving measures can begin before EMS arrives, 40 percent of patients experiencing a cardiac event will survive.
Consider having your staff CPR certified. It may save a life!