Why Every Workplace Needs a Defibrillator and When to Use It

Defibrillators — we’ve seen them. Film and TV have firmly established them in the collective unconscious as tools that can save lives. But how much does the public really know about them? and how many workplaces have a defibrillator ready to save lives? 

If you’re not quite sure of the answer to these questions, you’ve come to the right place.

This article will walk you through a brief introduction to why every workplace needs to provide defibrillator services, why defibrillators for schools are extremely important, and why you need to learn how to operate a defibrillator. 

What is a Defibrillator? 

Before we get into the specifics, it’s important to understand what a defibrillator is in general. 

Heart disease runs rampant in the United States. Every minute that passes after a state of cardiac arrest takes place increases the chance of a person dying. Unfortunately, even if you rush someone to the hospital quickly, it can already be too late.

This is where defibrillators come in. 

Defibrillators are small devices that restore the heartbeat by an electric pulse to the heart when applied to the chest.  They can also restore a heart’s beat if the heart has stopped in general. 

A defibrillator can increase a person’s chance of survival by up to 74 percent. There’s no doubt that defibrillators are lifesavers. 

Cardiac arrest can strike at any moment. Many adults are at risk — even if they think they’re healthy and haven’t had any symptoms. This is why it’s extremely important to have a defibrillator around the workplace at all times.

Why Else Should You Keep a Defibrillator Around?  

Defibrillators don’t only save lives, they provide a level of comfort. Upon seeing the defibrillators, your employees will understand that you care about safety. Employees work harder when they feel appreciated, so there’s a very real possibility that the presence of a defibrillator can increase productivity. 

An employee seeing a defibrillator can cause them to get their heart checked, which can save their health. In this case, won’t only be covered in the event of a future disaster, but taking a preventative step. 

While it’s not the first thing bosses consider, the atmosphere of a workplace is extremely important to productivity. Your employees are most likely trusty friends, who you wouldn’t want to see seriously injured or deceased. It’s time to come up with a plan for defibrillators for officers and to invest in some defibrillator products.

Concept Hygiene has come up with a great guide to defibrillators in the workplace. Check them out to learn where to keep them, where to buy from, and to learn even more. 

First Aid Training

Before we let you know the basics of when and how to use a defibrillator, we have to recommend first aid training. American Red Cross and other health-based services provide first aid training to offices around the country.

In these situations, American Red Cross sends out a representative who gives employees hands-on training in emergency scenarios. Hands-on training with an expert is important because it allows employees to ask questions, learn by experience, and understand what an emergency scenario looks like. While it’s nice to educate yourself on first aid, it’s even more important to educate your employees. 

First aid training is also something that will increase morality in the workplace. Your employees will enjoy the opportunity to try out something fun and different, and they’ll understand you care about them. 

Using a Defibrillator 

Until you get that first aid class to come in, there are few things you need to know about using a defibrillator. 

Remember: a defibrillator should only be used for cardiac arrest. It should never be used if someone is experiencing a heart attack. Heart attacks and cardiac arrest are often confused with each other, but they are many different problems with many different protocols. 

Thankfully, it’s easy to tell the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest. Someone suffering from a heart attack will be conscious, in pain, and breathing. Someone who’s passed out and isn’t breathing is most likely suffering from cardiac arrest. 

This makes it easy to figure out what to do. If someone is mobile, they’re able to get themself to a doctor. If someone can’t move — defibrillator. 

You should never use a faulty or expired defibrillator. Run regular monthly tests to make sure your defibrillator is working right.

Make sure that the person suffering from cardiac arrest isn’t wet in any way. The defibrillator does operate with electricity after all. You don’t want to wind up accidentally shocking your employee. 

If the person suffering cardiac arrest has a pacemaker or a medicine patch, make sure you remove the patch/apply the defibrillator around the pacemaker. Do not make direct contact between a defibrillator and something that isn’t skin. 

How to Use a Defibrillator

When it comes to the how, it’s actually quite simple.

Turn on the defibrillator by pressing the on button and following its instructions, peel off the sticky pads and attach them to the victim’s chest (one on each side of the chest as indicated on the diagrams), stop CPR, and let the defibrillator read the heart rate to determine whether a shock is necessary, press the shock button if it answers affirmatively, and let the defibrillator tell you if you need to continue CPR. 

Most of the instructions for a defibrillator can be found on the box or taught in a first aid class. This is why it’s just as important to know when to use a defibrillator as it is to know-how

Keep Your Workplace Safe

While there are no laws in place to make sure employers keep defibrillators onsite, any employer would be a fool to not invest in one. Defibrillators are not very expensive, easy to use, and can save lives. 

Keep in mind the reasons you should invest in a defibrillator, when you should use a defibrillator, and how to use a defibrillator. Consider hiring yourself a first aid service, so you can learn how to administer care. 

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