Does your workplace or office have an AED set up and ready? If not, you should consider changing that. Let me guide you through a few reasons having an AED on-site is extremely beneficial for any and every business.
Not sure what an AED is? An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is a device designed to counteract the effects of cardiac arrest, and keep an individual stable until medical professionals arrive. AEDs are a sophisticated machine, but with the right AED certification training they can be very easy to use. Learning the skills needed to use an automated external defibrillator does not take much time, but they can help to save a life. Once you are trained, there are a few simple steps to remember in order to effectively use the defibrillator in an emergency:
- Turn on the AED and plug in/attach all necessary parts
- Open person’s shirt and wipe chest clean
- Attach AED pads to chest
- Tell everyone to “stand clear”, use the analyze button on the AED to analyze the person’s heart rhythm
- If the AED recommends delivering a shock, do so, and begin administering CPR
This might sound like a big responsibility to take on, but with the proper training it can be very doable. Zoll AED defibrillators are very easy to use, and can be an accessible form of life-saving technology for any of your employees. You can get an AED through the American Red Cross, and can get your cpr certification through us at Premier Aquatics! If you have any further questions about the benefits of a workplace AED, or how to get certified, please contact us or visit our website!