Heart emergencies in the workplace
Two American Heart Association (AHA) surveys found most workers are untrained in CPR and first aid. The AHA surveyed more than 3,000 workers in various fields.
- About 50% of the workers did not know where to find a defibrillator in order to restore normal heart rhythm to someone suffering cardiac arrest. The rate rose to 66% in the hospitality industry.
- 55% of workers can not get first aid or CPR/automated external defibrillator (AED) training from their employer. Even if employers do offer such training, it is often either a class in one or the other.
- More than 90% of workers said they would take the training if employers offered it, and most said it would make them feel better prepared for emergencies.
The respondents included more than 1,000 safety managers in industries regulated by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). One-third of them said lives had been saved at home and on the job as a result of emergency training provided in the workplace. Three out of four safety managers said the training had allowed injuries or medical conditions to be treated.
OSHA requires regulated businesses to offer emergency training every two years. 36% of safety managers say it should be provided more often.
Each year in the United States, 10,000 cardiac arrests occur in workplaces. The chances of survival when one's heart suddenly stops beating can double or triple when CPR is immediately performed, according to the AHA.