Because sudden cardiac arrest can take place anywhere at anytime, it’s extremely important to place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in key locations in the workplace and make sure your employees are trained to use them. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States. Making AEDs available in your workplace could mean the difference between life and death. We here at Safety Solutions & Supply have put together some things to help you implement an AED program in your workplace.
7 Key Steps to Implementing an AED Program
- Medical oversight
A physician can help make recommendation on training plans, policies, and procedures. They can also evaluate recorded data and assess each use of the AED to make improvements.
- Partner with your local EMS
Some states require that your AED programs be registered and coordinated with your local EMS. Partnering with your local EMS also allows you to provide follow-up data for their use. If your state requires this, the physician can complete this process.
- Finding the right AED
Be sure to choose an AED that is simple and easy to use, and research the history of the manufacturer of the AED before purchasing. Also, review your capabilities and see it they can assist with placement, medical authorization, registration, training, and supplies. Feel free to contact us here at Safety Solutions & Supply for any suggestions.
- Have the proper technical support
See how long it takes for the representative to assist you when you call the manufacturer’s technical support number. Did they place you on hold? Or assist you immediately?
- Find the perfect location for your AED
Your AED needs to be in a visible and accessible location. Areas such as main hallways, reception areas, or near an elevator are ideal locations.
- Create a training plan
Before using an AED, your employees should go through CPR and AED training. This will put them more at ease while using the equipment if an emergency ever arises.
- Keep up with routine maintenance
Inspecting your equipment routinely is important to confirm it is in good condition and ready in case of an emergency. Keeping a checklist will assist you in making sure regular maintenance is taking place.
If you need additional information for your AED program, we here at Safety Solutions and Supply are proud to offer different training services. For more information, give us a call today at 866-537-2262.
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