Automated External Defibrillator’s and the Workplace

Written by Laura Frost

In today’s world, we are noticing more and more people who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or something indicating a problem with the heart. It is far too common that people are seen in the emergency room and placed on medication to make their heart slow down, to stop a heart attack or to even make sure blood pressure stays at its rightful place.

More than ever, people in our world stop by this fast food place or that one in order to feed their families due to lack of time to cook something at home or just because it is easier than cooking something at home. Fast food is making American’s unhealthy and ultimately more obese therefore pushing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol on many people.


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With that in mind, we can turn to the growing epidemic of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) victims cover about 350,000 people annually in the United States and many of them are not able to get help fast enough and so unfortunately they pass away. When a person goes into Sudden Cardiac Arrest there is little time to work with and for the most part by the time emergency help does arrive the person has already passed away. A person who has collapsed of SCA only has four minutes to get help. Most emergency vehicles such as an ambulance can arrive anywhere from 8 to 12 minutes.

Depending on the type of workplace a person with SCA is in, it could be even longer. For this sole purpose more workers and employees are demanding that there be more emergency services equipment with inside the work place other than a box with a few Band-Aids inside of it. The demand for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has been heard and many companies are supplying their workers with one to better comfort their employees needs and feelings.

There is no excuse as to why a person shouldn’t get the help that they need in the time they need it in if a company has the means and advantage to do so. Help doesn’t always arrive just in the nick of time which means employers need to step up and supply their workers with more than just a paycheck. So talk to your employer today and find out how you can get an Automated External Defibrillator in your own workplace.


AED / August 2, 2011

I think that it’s not only important for AEDs to be accessible and available at the workplace, but for staff to have some sort of training on how to use them. If people are not trained, then they (AED’s) are (relatively) useless. Some basic training could go a long way in ensuring AED’s are used correctly.

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