AED Machines and CPR: Do You Know How To Administer Them?

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a very important piece of workplace safety equipment that could help save someone’s life in case of a cardiac arrhythmia or the worst case, cardiac arrest. You might be working at a place that has one currently installed. However, do you know how to use one? Or are you even confident in yourself to perform CPR if called upon? If your answer is no, don’t feel alone, you are actually part of the majority.

A survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of workplace first-aid service and supplies provider Cintas Group reported that out of the 2,000 adults polled, over 63 percent of respondents said they had a lack of confidence in using an AED machine and only 54 percent felt comfortable administering CPR.

Other findings include that over 75 percent of responders were confident they would know how to properly respond to a weather-related emergency, their ability to use a fire extinguisher, or basic first aid such as the Heimlich maneuver.

While the employer bears the responsibility for determining the requirements of a workplace first aid program, having one member of staff with proper training as well as all first aid materials stored and identified with proper labels and signage will allow for faster and better response if an emergency occurs.

The survey was conducted online from October 24-26, 2018 among 2,003 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

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