An Automated External Defibrillator is a lifesaving piece of medical equipment used in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. Every workplace should consider having an AED in the workplace or accessible nearby.
AEDs are becoming increasing common in many public places and workplaces. There are many advantages to having a defibrillator at work.
AEDs save lives
The biggest advantage of an AED in the workplace is simple – it could save a life.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults over the age of 40. Unfortunately, the survival rate from cardiac arrest is currently poor – only around 10% of people survive.
AEDs are key to increasing the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest. They deliver an electrical shock to the heart to restore the normal rhythm. The earlier a defibrillator is used, the better the chances of survival.
A workplace AED can be lifesaving as it can be setup and used before the arrival of Emergency Medical Services.
Staff benefit from training
AEDs are designed to be used by laypeople with no medical training. However many AED manufacturers provide basic training courses designed to introduce people to an AED and improve their confidence in using the device.
Knowing how and when to use a defibrillator, along with learning basic skills in CPR, is a useful lifeskill for all staff in the workplace.
Employers and companies benefit
A workplace AED can raise the profile of the company and it demonstrates the employer is taking steps to protect employees. AEDs are becoming more common in a variety of public places and there is a certain expectation that large companies will have access to an AED.
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