How employee CPR training preserves and promotes company morale
Until you’ve experienced loss, it’s difficult to truly understand how deeply it impacts every aspect of a person’s life. Grief can be crippling, even if the death is outside of a person’s family, after all, our colleagues are often more a part of our daily lives than extended family.
A 2002 paper drafted by Dr. Kirsti A. Dyer assessed the impact the death of a co-worker has on companies. Dr. Dyer explained that grieving the loss of a co-worker “can upset workers and hamper the work environment. Unfortunately, most businesses cannot afford to halt production, sales or services to accommodate the grief response.”
Fortunately, many of these deaths can be prevented.
Putting the odds in your favor
According to OSHA, approximately 10,000 Americans suffer a sudden cardiac arrest at work each year. If there’s not help already on the scene, waiting for emergency medical assistance only offers about a 7-10% chance of survival. However, when automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and trained individuals are on site, the overall survival rate increases by 70%, and “studies with immediate defibrillation have shown up to 60% survival one year after sudden cardiac arrest.”
The American Red Cross and OSHA believe in the lifesaving power of CPR training enough to provide hero stories on their websites. An excellent example is the case of George Hickman, an employee at Honeywell FM&T in Kansas City, Missouri.
When Hickman was overtaken by cardiac arrest, six of his colleagues sprang into action. Two immediately administered CPR, while another called emergency services. Security quickly arrived with an AED – the shock revived his pulse and an oxygen mask was placed over his mouth well before paramedics arrived.
Hickman survived, and instead of months of grieving, business went on, presumably with a considerable boost in morale and stronger employee bonds.
“It is quite humbling to stand here in front of six gentlemen who saved my life,” stated Hickman at a Red Cross awards ceremony. “Every day is a blessing. It can end in a heartbeat. I appreciate your chest compressions and thank you for paying attention in the CPR course.”
Automated external defibrillator (AED) courses
A fibrillation is a spasm of a muscle caused by uncoordinated individual fibrils (muscle fibers). Sudden cardiac arrest is caused by either ventricular fibrillation or when the heart completely stops beating, most frequently the former. AEDs analyze the heart’s rhythm and then send a jolt of electricity calibrated to correct the fibrillation, allowing the heart to beat normally again.
Fortunately, AEDs are relatively easy to use – many American Heart Association Approved training facilities provide courses for both individuals and entire companies.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses
It’s important for employees to know what to do before and after an AED arrives – it saved George Hickman’s life.
Each of Hickman’s colleagues fell right back on their training, from delegating tasks, to applying an oxygen mask after he was resuscitated. Consider how empowered everyone at Kansas City’s Honeywell FM&T branch felt after seeing their CPR training put to use to save their colleague’s life.
Turn your staff into heroes
The sooner you launch a CPR training initiative for your employees, the less likely you are to face a grieving workforce. One Beat CPR provides AED and CPR training, along with AED units, so your staff can add “life saver” to their list of specialties.
For more information on company and individual CPR and AED training packages, contact us today.