The short answer: It saves lives.
The long answer: CPR training in the workplace teaches the imperative need for responding to a cardiac arrest patient as quickly as possible, in or outside of work. When a victim receives CPR, the blood flow continues to pump through their heart, helping to keep the body oxygenated – which means that the victim is less likely to suffer from brain damage or death.
The importance of CPR training cannot be stated strongly enough. Each year, over 300,000 Americans die from heart disease, and half of these victims die suddenly due to cardiac arrest. Heart attack is the most common cause of death in adults. When a victim experiences a heart attack, there is a disturbance in the heart’s electrical rhythm, called ventricular fibrillation, and it can be treated with electrical shock to the chest. A defibrillator is not always readily available on the scene, and the administration of CPR can buy enough time for first-responders to show up with one. A person has ten minutes or less until death will occur without the administration of CPR. The extra time that CPR provides the victim can save their life.
Source: American Heart Association
OSHA and Compliance
First aid and CPR training in the workplace is a vital component of an organization’s overall health and safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has certain requirements regarding first aid and CPR preparedness in the workplace. Some OSHA compliance standards require specific types of industry to provide first-aid and CPR training to employees. Compliance is the main motivator for workplaces to certify their employees in first aid and CPR. And while first aid and CPR training is just one component in the large occupational health and safety (OHS) field that companies deal with, its importance should not be overlooked.
Even if your employer hasn’t mentioned anything about taking CPR courses, you can still check on your own to see what is available. Knowing how to perform CPR, whether you are at work or at home may mean the difference between life or death for you or a loved one. Additionally, possessing the knowledge of how to perform CPR can help you to stay calm and make wiser decisions during an emergency situation, not to mention give you added confidence.
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