According to OSHA, almost nine-hundred deaths caused by coronary heart disease occur outside of the hospital or emergency room every day. Most of these deaths are due to the sudden loss of heart function or sudden cardiac arrest.
In 2001 and 2002, there were 6,628 workplace fatalities reported to OSHA; 1216 from heart attack, 354 from electric shock, and 267 from asphyxia. Up to 60 percent of these victims, might have been saved if an automated external defibrillator (AED) had been immediately available.
Chances of surviving sudden cardiac death diminish by 7 – 10 percent each minute the victim goes without CPR or defibrillation. After 10 minutes, resuscitation rarely succeeds. QualSafe understands the severity of these statistics which is why we provide AED training to ensure your team is prepared for any situation. An AED is an electronic device designed to deliver an electric shock to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. Ventricular fibrillation may be restored to normal rhythm up to 60 percent of the time if treated promptly with an AED – a procedure called defibrillation.
Exposures to various hazards that can cause cardiac arrest are addressed in specific standards for general industry and construction. The QualSafe team knows that it can be crucial for your team to know how to use a defibrillator correctly. Qualsafe can conduct the American Heart Association’s recommended CPR and defibrillator training courses to ensure that we are always providing the best information possible in our First-Aid, CPR, and AED training classes.
Call the QualSafe team today to learn more about AEDs and how to use them. We look forward to partnering with you to make your workplace a safer environment for all!