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In honor of American Heart month I thought I would talk about one thing that your business could do to be prepared to deal with sudden cardiac arrest if it should happen.
Per the National Fire Protection Association, death from sudden cardiac arrest in the United States is 96 times as common as death from fire. However, most of us do not have an Automated External Defibrillator or AED machine on site.
AED machines are lightweight, portable devices that can jump start a persons heart by using an electrical pulse called a biphasic shock. Guiding the rescuer with a combination of simple and clear voice, text and graphical instructions, AEDs do nearly all of the work, enabling practically anyone save a life!
Here are some of the reasons why your company should consider investing in a portable AED machine and making early defibrillation a part of your emergency response plan:
- Defibrillation within three minutes of sudden cardiac arrest increases the chances of survival to 70 percent. Shock within one minute of collapse raises the survival rate to 90 percent.
- Calling 911 is necessary, but the wait for first responders may take too long.
- Businesses with their own AED machines on site have the ability to respond, and to respond fast.
- OSHA now recommends automated external defibrillators in the workplace.
For more information on AED machines or AED machine training please contact American Fire & Security at 877-237-8918.
The Security Girl