What Does it mean for you?
June is National Safety Month. Hopefully you are thinking about how to be safe be it either at work or at home. Everywhere around us, are hazards, and risks. It’s up to us to determine how much risk we want to take, pay attention to the hazards and to prevent injuries.
Every day we should focus on safety, but for the next month we are going to concentrate on the following: CPR/AED, Distracted Driving, Fall Prevention, Struck-bys and Safety Meetings.
In addition to it being National Safety Month, this week is CPR and AED Awareness Week, and that is where we will start!
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED), when used together can increase survivability of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). According to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation they indicate survival is increased when treatment is provided upon onset of a patient going unresponsive. In an article by the foundation, it says “SCA victims can survive if they receive immediate CPR and are treated quickly with defibrillators. To be effective, this treatment must be delivered quickly—ideally, within three to five minutes after collapse.”
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest? According to The American Heart Association, “Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.” This is different from a heart attack. “A heart attack is when the blood supply to a part of the heart is blocked, hence causing damage to the heart muscle. A heart attack could cause cardiac arrest.”
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) are important! A person who is experiencing Sudden Cardiac Arrest, may have a heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation. An AED unit, when used properly, will send an electrical shock to the heart, to convert the ventricular fibrillation rhythm to a normal heart rhythm. Survivability may decrease approximately 10% for every minute that passes and a defibrillator is not used.
Who should be trained in CPR? EVERYONE! People working in the medical industry like doctors, nurses, technicians, dentists, those who work in the fire, rescue and police industries, are trained. However, what about people in the construction industry like carpenters, plumbers, HVAC technicians, excavation, and painters. Should they be trained? Absolutely! Teachers, parents, grandparents, bus drivers, church staff, nursery school teachers, and fitness instructors should receive training too! Recently, I was approached by several parents who said their teenager does a lot of babysitting on the weekend, and wanted to know if they should be certified. I said, absolutely! Because you never know what might happen.
CPR has changed through the years, but check out hands-only CPR. It’s this easy!
SCS Safety Health & Security Associates provides CPR/AED, Basic First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogen certification classes to all types of businesses and to anyone who wants to learn a lifesaving skill. We offer monthly classes. We have evening or morning classes. For more information please visit our website. Would you like to organize a class at your place of employment? If you have eight (8) or more people, we can come to your facility.