Should every workplace have an AED?
If you ask Joe Moscato, the answer would definitely be “yes.” What started out as a regular afternoon at work escalated to an emergency when he collapsed to the floor. Joe was experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
A group of workers ran to help Joe. They quickly located an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). With the press of a button, voice instructions started. They delivered CPR and a shock from the AED, as instructed by the voice guidance on the AED. In a follow-up interview, Joe’s doctor said, “The fact that [Joe] was able to be resuscitated was thanks in large part to his prompt defibrillation.” Read Joe’s full story.
Could it happen at your organization?
Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere. It’s a leading killer in Canada:
- Every 12 minutes a Canadian suffers SCA
- 45,000 Canadians die as a result of SCA every year
- Defibrillation, combined with CPR can increase chances of survival by 175%.
With numbers like that, it’s easy to see why organizations across Canada, like Rogers and London Drugs, are making AEDs mandatory at their workplaces.
How AEDs Work
AEDs, like the Philips HeartStart Onsite, are designed for anyone to use right out of the box. They allow virtually anyone to treat the most common cause of SCA by delivering the right shock quickly and effectively. With the pull of a handle, voice instructions calmly and clearly guide you through the entire resuscitation process. In fact, AEDs are so easy to use that one study showed that even untrained sixth graders can do it. Watch the video to see just how easy it is to use.
Every minute matters with sudden cardiac arrest
For every minute that goes by without defibrillation, chances of survival decrease by 7% to 10%. If defibrillation is delayed by more than 12 minutes, the chance of survival in adults is less than 5 percent.
If there is not an AED on site, SCA sufferers have to wait for emergency services to arrive. The City of Toronto’s average response time is 11.5 minutes. The delay in treatment can make the difference between life and death. Having an AED at every location that employees and customers frequent can increase their chance of survival by 175% in the event of SCA.
Emergencies happen. Preparing and planning for them is a key responsibility of organizations. Give your employees and customers a fighting chance in the event of sudden cardiac arrest by installing an AED for your workplace.
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