Employees are your number one assets. How are you protecting them from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), in the workplace? Any one of the 30,000 out of hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrests that happen each year in Australia could happen in your workplace.
Unlike heart attacks, a SCA can strike people of all ages and fitness levels and the only effective treatment is a shock from a defibrillator, administered as soon as possible. Sadly, few companies are prepared to deal with SCA despite the fact that death from SCA is more likely than death from fire. Yet companies that have plenty of fire extinguishers in place to protect employees, customers, and visitors may not have even one defibrillator on their premises. Having automated external defibrillators (AEDs) readily available in the workplace can mean the difference between life and death.
Here are some of the reasons why more and more companies are investing in AEDs and making early defibrillation a part of their emergency response plans:
- If not treated in minutes, Sudden Cardiac Arrest usually causes death
- Defibrillation within three minutes of SCA increases the chances of survival to 70 percent. Shock within one minute of collapse raises the survival rate to 90 percent.
- Calling 000 is necessary but the wait for first responders may take too long
Don’t wait ’til it’s too late, make sure your workplace is a safe place to be.