Automated External Defibrillators: Should Your Business Have One?

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Why Florida businesses benefit from AEDs in the workplace

Automated External Defibrillators are kind of like airbags – you hope you never have to use one, but when they do their job, you’re sure glad they were there.

There are 10,000 workplace cardiac arrests each year. And according to the National Safety Council, sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is responsible for more deaths each year than “breast cancer, colon cancer, motor vehicle accidents and diabetes, combined.”

While most businesses have fire evacuation and other emergency strategies in place, another threat to the lives of employees and customers—cardiac arrest—is frequently overlooked. Tragically, many workplace deaths could be prevented through simple training and AED installations.

5 reasons to install AEDs in the workplace

AEDs are inexpensive and don’t require extensive medical training. The automated aspect refers to the device’s ability to gauge whether or not defibrillation is necessary, and if it is, it automatically adjust to the proper setting required to jolt the heart back into a healthy rhythm. Here’s why all workplaces should install AEDs:

  1. The obvious. AEDs save lives—the more time that passes between the onset of cardiac arrest and receiving medical attention, the less likely a person is to survive. When treatment is applied within 3 to 5 minutes, the odds of survival improve significantly. OSHA asserts that defibrillators increase survival rates by as much as 60%.
  2. Keep your business healthy. The death of a co-worker can be catastrophic for employees. Unfortunately, the world doesn’t take bereavement breaks—workplace fatalities can be costly in both financial terms and the severe impact on morale. AEDs can lead to celebrations rather than funerals.
  3. Empower your staff. Knowing how to save lives is a powerful confidence booster. AED training is easy and accessible for a wide variety of age groups, and typically includes CPR training. Furthermore, knowing your colleagues know how to save your life and completing training together strengthens relationships in the workplace.
  4. It projects a positive corporate image and reduces liability. Having AEDs on site improves the overall profile of a company. Not only does it display a concern for the wellbeing of employees, but also its customers and other visitors. These lifesaving techniques can also reduce liability in the event of a tragedy.
  5. They’re easy to use. While the technology inside AEDs is intricate, they do most of the work all on their own. AED training primarily allows employees to recognize when and how to deploy a defibrillator.

Where to acquire AEDs and training in Florida

The American Heart Association certifies AED and CPR training facilities across the United States. One Beat CPR + AED is South Florida’s premiere AHA-certified training facility. We offer individual and group courses in AED and CPR training, in addition to providing state-of-the-art AED units.

For more information on making your workplace as safe as possible for your staff and customers, connect with us online or give us a call at 954-321-5305.

FAST: The Acronym Everyone in Your Office Should Know

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The chances of surviving a stroke increase when emergency treatment begins as soon as possible.

Do you know what FAST stands for? If your answer is IDK, it’s time to do an acronym upgrade. Everyone in your office should know what these letters represent, as the knowledge could save a life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 800,000 people have a stroke annually, and about 140,000 Americans die from them every year. A stroke happens every 40 seconds, and someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes. Quick medical treatment is crucial for treating the condition, so it’s important to know the symptoms. That’s where FAST comes in.

Early action

The chances of surviving a stroke increase when emergency treatment begins as soon as possible, as do the chances of making a full or improved recovery. According to CDC statistics, people who get treatment within 3 hours of the first symptoms experience less disability than those who get delayed care.

Getting that quick care means knowing the symptoms of a stroke. Unfortunately, the CDC reports that only about 38% of us know the 4 major signs of a stroke.

While about 75% of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65, adults at any age can have one. It’s the 5th leading cause of deaths in the United States.

FAST results

We’ll get to the details of FAST next—but here’s something that underscores why this information and its application are so important. The American Heart Association reports that while the percentage of strokes are increasing as a result of heart disease, the actual number of stroke deaths has declined. This may be due to the increasing number of people who are aware of FAST.

What is a stroke, anyway?

A stroke occurs when the blood flow to a certain area of the brain is cut off. Cells in this area of the brain begin to die without a supply of oxygen. The resulting brain cell damage can cause loss of memory or muscle control, and a serious stroke can cause death.

Not all strokes are obvious. Some are known as transient ischemic attacks—mini strokes—where the symptoms are short-lived or even spontaneously resolve. This doesn’t mean they are any less dangerous.

FAST = 4 signs

There are 4 common signs of a stroke, and they usually appear suddenly. The wise thing to do is immediately seek out emergency medical attention if you or an office coworker exhibits any of these 4 symptoms.

  • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does it look uneven?
  • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms and hold them level to the floor. Does one of their arms drift downwards? Are they unable to life one of their arms?
  • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase, like “Let’s have tacos for lunch today.” Do they slur the words, or maybe miss a few?
  • Time: This last thing isn’t a symptom—it’s a reminder of what to do. It’s time to call for emergency medical assistance, quickly.

There are 2 more common symptoms that can be of concern. They’re not part of the FAST group. Seek out immediate medical attention if you experience a sudden, severe headache—especially if you can’t attribute a cause for it. The same goes for a sudden inability to see clearly with one or both of your eyes.

The benefit of FAST action

Make note of the time if you notice any of the FAST symptoms in yourself or a coworker. It’ll be important for medical professionals to know when those symptoms first began to occur. This is because clot-busting drugs called tissue plasminogen activators can reduce long-term disability for some strokes. These medications, however, are only approved for stroke treatment if given within 3 hours of the onset of symptoms.

Quick identification and intervention are essential for saving both lives and quality of lives in the event of a stroke, as well as most medical emergencies in the workplace. If your workplace could benefit from lifesaving instruction, including first aid, CPR, and automatic electronic defibrillator (AED) training, One Beat CPR + AED offers professional, accessible, American Heart Association-approved courses. For more information or to find a training facility near you, connect with us online or give us a call at 954.321.5305.

Do You Know How to Use Your Company’s First Aid Kit?

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Open it up and see what’s inside. The contents can help save a life.

There’s probably one in the company lunchroom. Have you ever looked inside to see what’s there? The time to acquaint yourself with the contents of your office first aid kit is not when you’re faced with an emergency, hoping there’s something inside that will help.

Here’s a challenge for you. Stop and open it up the next time you walk by one of the first aid kits in your office. See if you can recognize all of the contents. Do you know how to use them? Here are some basics about these essential collections of life-savers.

They’re required

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all businesses to have first aid supplies readily available. The regulations even list what the administration has deemed to be adequate for worksites.

OSHA also requires companies to enhance their first aid kits by assessing the specific needs of the workplace and its workers. In addition to providing first aid supplies, employers have to make sure employees are protected from occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

The basics of an office first aid kit

Of course, the first step is to know where it’s located. First aid kits are not always white, and they don’t always have a red cross on the front. Many kits are green, and some are even orange. The color is meant to make it stand out so it can be found. The cross—no matter what its color—is a universal icon, so you’ll always see and recognize it.

OSHA has determined two basic kits, known as Class A and Class B, for most workplaces. The main difference is determined by the size of your company and the number of workers.

Class A kits are the most common, providing a basic range of products that deal with the most common types of workplace injuries. The contents help with the first aid treatment cuts and abrasions, minor burns, and eye injuries. Class B kits will contain a larger quantity of supplies, as well as a broader range of products that might be needed for your specific workplace.

Besides classes of first aid kits, there are also types. While the class deals mainly with the size and makeup of your workplace, the type mostly has to do with the kit’s location and what it could be exposed to. Types I and II, for example, are both for indoor use—but one is portable. The other types determine whether the kit is water-resistant versus waterproof, and its ruggedness for outdoor storage or use.

So, if the first aid kit you walk by regularly at the office is hanging on the wall, it’s likely a Type II—but depending on its size it could be either a Class A or Class B.

An even better approach

To truly understand the contents of a first aid kit – and how to use them – it’s a great idea for your company to bring in professional trainers. Certified first aid training done on-site makes learning this lifesaving knowledge convenient for everyone, and especially relevant to your specific environment.

You can upgrade your lifesaving skills at the same time by participating in on-site CPR, AED, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens training.  One Beat is the leading certification training center in Florida, with daily classes available at our Fort Lauderdale training facility as well as customized instruction at your workplace.

For more information about our American Heart Association-authorized training, connect with us online or at 954-321-5305.

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AED SAVES REFEREE’S LIFE, SPURS DISTRICT TO ADD MORE DEVICES

Just a few weeks ago after a high school basketball game, one of the referees suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Thanks to some quick thinking from the school’s athletic director and someone from the opposing team, the referee’s life was saved. When they witnessed the referee go down, they immediately retrieved the AED from the hallway.

| An AED, or an automated external defibrillator, is a device that delivers a shock to restore normal heart rhythm.

 

“Activities Director Justin Putz commented, “It was pretty shocking to have an official go down…There’s no doubt the early AED and CPR usage saved his life.”

After seeing firsthand how an AED saved a man’s life, the school district made sure to replace the used AED pads and is buying a few more defibrillators to place in key areas around campus.

AEDs retail for approximately $1500.00. The school will cover the cost of purchasing additional devices.