We tend to focus on detecting and resolving generally known dangers such as plainly preventable accidents and illnesses when it comes to providing safe and healthy working conditions. While these risks are unquestionably serious, what about the unforeseeable, such as an employee suffering a heart arrest outside the hospital? Is your workplace properly equipped in case of an emergency that necessitates CPR or possibly the use of a defibrillator?

Before emergency responders arrive, trained staff who can properly and promptly respond to an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest can save a life.

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of mortality, caused by an electrical failure in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and affects the flow of blood to the brain, lungs, and other organs. According to the American Heart Association, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are reported by EMS each year in the United States (AHA).

CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

Survival hinges on receiving CPR from someone nearby if a person has an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

According to the American Heart Association, approximately 90% of patients who have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die. CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival, especially if performed quickly.

However, according to findings from two surveys conducted by the American Heart Association as part of its Workplace Safety Training Initiative, most U.S. employees are unprepared to address cardiac emergencies at work because they lack the necessary training.

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