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If someone in your workplace suddenly collapsed, would you know what to do?
Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death among adults over the age of 40 – and it's a "healthcare crisis," affecting more than 300,000 people every year, according to the
Even the fastest paramedics could take eight to 12 minutes to get to a patient after he or she collapses. Quick access to an automatic external
defibrillator, or AED, by an engaged bystander could increase the odds of survival from about 5% to 40% and higher.
A defibrillator is a small, lightweight device that allows quick-thinking citizens and co-workers to treat sudden cardiac arrest by delivering a shock to the victim's chest, ideally re-starting his or her heart. There is no danger of harming a patient who might not need defibrillation because an AED diagnoses dangerous heart rhythms and responds accordingly. AEDs are user friendly and even "talk" the user through the process.
National Safety Council provides a variety of superior courses to train laypeople to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies, including
how to use an AED and perform CPR. NSC also has partnered with leading AED manufacturers HeartSine and Philips to provide employers
a full line of AEDs and AED supplies.
Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack, which usually is caused by an arterial blockage. SCA causes the
heart to suddenly and unexpectedly stop beating, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. A person with no signs of heart disease can suddenly pass out and appear lifeless. The survival rate outside of a hospital setting is only 1% to 5%, but the chance of survival increases considerably if they can be immediately treated with an AED.
Consider these statistics:
More than 30,000 lives have been saved through National Safety Council CPR and AED training. Choose to train the way that best suits your organization, either at your workplace, in an instructor-led classroom or online. These classes will give participants the confidence they need to respond to life-threatening situations wherever they may occur.
Take a look at some of the courses offered by NSC.
National Safety Council offers this portable, digital version of its Emergency Medical Response Quick Reference Guide. In addition to a list of abbreviations and memory aids for students, it provides illustrated treatment steps anyone can use to treat many illnesses and injuries.
Defibrillators today use innovative technology based on extensive research and user feedback. You could potentially save a life with an easy-to-use AED.