Why your Workplace Needs an Automated External Defibrillator

January 22, 2018

We all know how essential it is for workplaces to conduct first aid training; your people must be able to respond to first aid emergencies when the moment strikes. But have you thought about defibrillation training? 

 

In 2016, the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) amended it’s Basic Life Support training guidelines to include defibrillation training. The ARC found that “the importance of defibrillation had been well established as a part of overall resuscitation, along with effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

 

The only way to restart a heart is through a defibrillator, and it's not an unlikely situation to occur in your workplace, home or community. In fact, The Heart Foundation Australia estimates that 15,000 people die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest every year. CPR increases the chance of survival by 10% each minute performed before the arrival of a paramedic; however, the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can increase the survival rate by 50%.

 

An AED administers an electric shock to the heart to steady it’s rhythm and helps it return to normal.

 

Despite it not being a legal requirement to install an AED in your workplace, if the above isn’t enough to convince you, we’ve come up with a few key reasons as to why you should install one in your workplace.

 

Australia’s Ageing Population

 

In Australia, our population is ageing, and the cost of living is rising. As a result, this has changed the demographics of the Australian workforce, with people now working well into their 70s.

 

In men, there is a 50% chance that they will suffer from cardiac arrest before the age of 70. In women, after the age of 40, there is a 33% chance that they will experience a heart attack.

 

Despite anyone being able to suffer from cardiac arrest or heart disease, Australian’s over the age of 45 have an increased risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease if they have high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, kidney disease, diabetes, smoke or are overweight.