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Why do I need to be AED CPR certified and trained
By: David Bruce Jr

Do you know where the closest Automated External Defibrillator (AED)is to where you are right now?

After you collapse and stop breathing, will you or anyone near you know you had a cardiac arrest?

You arrive at the office early to work on a project with 10 other employees.

In the conference room; a fellow employee and friend passes out, hits her head on a table and lays not breathing on the floor.

All 9 employees in the room gather to help her, shaking her; crying out are you ok? Are you ok?

Precious minutes are passing; when one of the employees decides to calls 911.

None of these employees are trained on how to operate a defibrillator (AED) or how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and they don’t know what to do. Unfortunately; it took the ambulance 15 minutes to get to the scene but with no AED or CPR help; the employee died.

Without defibrillation and CPR, a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7 to 10 percent for each minute that passes.

When needed; AEDs can intimidate employees who haven’t been trained to use them. Everyone should and can be able respond to a cardiac emergency by taking an AED/CPR class to learn the procedures to save a life.

All businesses should train and certify its employees via AED/CPR classes and also set up a compliant AED Program to protect its entire daily population of employees, contractors, vendor and visitors.

The management team should appoint an AED program coordinator who reports to them to manage the AED Program. An AED Program Coordinator is typically an employee who is always in the office and who is willing to take responsibility for day-to-day AED program activities. This employee will select and schedule employee CPR/AED training.

AED Program implementation guides for businesses are widely available to help employers properly set up the program to assure your business is compliant with state and local AED requirements. Many State laws require AED registration with local EMS and completion of nationally recognized AED/CPR courses from American Heart Association, American Red Cross or American Safety and Health Institute; among others which certify trainees for 2 year renewal periods.



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