Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) kills more Americans than lung cancer, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined (AHA). June 1-7 each year is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. During CPR and AED Awareness Week, we spotlight how more lives could be saved if more people knew CPR and how to use an AED.
What is CPR?
CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Performing CPR on someone in sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple their chances of survival.
What is an AED?
An AED is an Automated Electronic Defibrillator. It is a machine that gives a brief electroshock to the heart, directly or through electrodes placed on the chest wall, helping to restart a heart in cardiac arrest.
When we talk about AEDs and CPR, we are talking about two lifesaving responses to America’s number one cause of natural death. During a SCA, the heart suddenly stops beating, and blood can’t reach the brain or other vital organs. Over 350,000 episodes of sudden cardiac arrest happen outside of hospitals every year. Heart attacks, electrocution, or asphyxiation can cause sudden cardiac arrest while on the job.
How can you observe National CPR and AED Awareness Week in your company?
Encourage your employees to get their CPR, AED, and First Aid Certifications AND ensure you have an AED on-site.
At a minimum, encourage everyone to learn the two simple steps of Hands-Only CPR if you witness a teen or adult suddenly collapse. For every minute that a cardiac arrest victim goes without emergency intervention (CPR or an AED), they lose 7-10% of their chance at survival. Because the average EMS response time is thirteen minutes, it’s up to those nearby to intervene and deliver life-saving help. Offering CPR and AED training at your workplace saves lives.
The American Heart Association (AHA) describes caring for SCA victims as a five-link Chain of Survival. The five steps are:
- Somebody recognizes the scene and calls 9-1-1
- Start CPR
- Deliver a shock with an AED, if available
- EMS arrives and delivers advanced care
- Post-event medical treatment in the hospital
Ask your Emergent Safety Specialist for more information on CPR and other First Aid certifications.
Purchase an AED for your company.
Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in America, and most cardiac arrests occur at home (American Heart Association). According to OSHA, 10,000 of the 350,000 episodes of cardiac arrest each year occur in the workplace. Besides CPR training for your team, having an AED program at your workplace saves treatment time and increases the odds of survival.
Your Emergent Safety Specialist can help you choose the right AED(s) for your facility, as well as assist your organization in the proper use of an AED. Proper training in your AED program will teach your workers to perform CPR and early defibrillation with an AED, while caring for the SCA victim until help arrives.
ZOLL AED Plus® is the only automated external defibrillator with Real CPR Help® technology, giving rescuers real-time feedback on depth and rate of chest compressions during CPR. Available in 2 versions, semiautomatic and fully automatic. Package includes an adult electrode pad (CPR-D-padz®), (1) sleeve of batteries, and a soft carry case. PlusTrac™, an AED Management Program, is also available for either 1- or 5-years (PlusTrac Professional1 or Professional5).
For more information about choosing the right AED for your facility, call Emergent Safety at 800.877.1390.