To AED or not, that is the question?
Posted on 24th October 2017 at 09:22
Cardiac Arrests are a real part of the workplace and time is very much of the essence!
If you do nothing except call the ambulance a casualties chances of survival is 5%, if you do effective CPR only it increase to 9% and if you apply an AED that increases again to 24%.
These results are based on a casualty being discharged from hospital 30 days after the event. For me I would prefer the odds of applying an AED.
What would you or your colleagues prefer?
AED’s are normally brought when someone has had a cardiac arrest in the workplace and died, horse and gate spring to mind!!
If there is an AED on site then the chances of people surviving a cardiac arrest massively increase as opposed having to wait for an ambulance. The Ambulance Service, who do a fantastic job, are targeted to get to you within 8 minutes so that persons chances of being resuscitated are reducing each minute after those first 3 minutes.
AED’s aren’t cheap and range from hundreds to thousands of pounds depending on what make and model you buy.
So how much is a person’s life worth? All employees contribute to a company’s success and the cost of an AED would maybe equivalent to a team building session, or staff BBQ, night out, away day.
I have delivered first aid training to thousands of people and everyone who sees how easy and AED is to use and how it can increase the chances of survival believe it would be a fantastic investment. They would also be happy to go without some of the perks for staff to be able to afford one. Surely a saving in one year on one of those perks would be money well spent and having piece of mind that if a colleague, customer or contractor happened to have a Cardiac Arrest it would be save a life.
In my mind having an AED on site that could potentially save somebody’s life would be a good investment. If you look at it from a business point of view, staff retention, employee moral, PR opportunity (especially if it is used) and piece of mind you are making every effort to save a life.
Also if you have an AED supplied by Yor Training we would give you a free half-day training course on how to use it, which in itself is a great team building session.
The AED that we recommend is a ZOLL AED Plus and comes with everything you need should someone have a cardiac arrest.
ZOLL’s AED Plus is equipped with Real CPR Help technology. The sensor in the pads lets the AED see each chest compression and lets you know how you’re doing. It guides you, with prompts and a real-time bar gauge, to the recommended depth and rate of compressions.
Effective CPR contributes enormously to a casualty’s chance of survival. The European Resuscitation Council (ERC) Guidelines, issued in 2010, are clear: successful defibrillation requires high-quality CPR performed at the proper depth and rate. When it’s time for CPR, the AED Plus® with Real CPR Help® provides the best support to help save a life.
To purchase a ZOLL AED Plus please click here
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