Having employees who are trained in CPR can help prevent worksite deaths. Every year, around 383,000 cardiac arrests happen annually. Sadly, few people are able to act during these situations because they do not have the knowledge to assess and respond appropriately to the situation. They end up paralyzed by fear and waste valuable seconds that could have been used to greatly raise the chances of survival for the patient.
Instead of having employees who feel powerless, train one or more of them in CPR. That way, no one enters the job site without a trained co-worker at their back. This knowledge can save lives and create awareness for a condition that kills over half of adults over 40.
Here are some compelling reasons to train employees in CPR and emphasize it as part of first-aid practices:
Knowledge Is Power
As indicated above, the most profound difference between those that know CPR and those that do not is an action-ready attitude. According to the American Heart Association, “70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed.”
Since every second matters during cardiac arrest, trained individuals can respond quickly and effectively as situations unfold. Their confidence can allow others to notify medical personnel immediately, and the CPR procedures they administer can sustain the patient until they are able to receive further medical attention.
CPR knowledge goes beyond the technique as well. Trainees are taught to recognize the symptoms and signs of cardiac arrest as well as the factors that can impact the condition in various ways. Since many cardiac arrest victims have had no prior diagnosis, CPR techniques can allow employees to understand what is occurring during a cardiac arrest and how to check for similar problems like obstructed airways. This training can give on-site responders powerful tools to save their co-workers’ lives.
You Can Stabilize the Patient Before Professional Help Arrives
The availability of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) has helped decrease the amount of cardiac arrest-related deaths in America. Unfortunately, these devices are not always immediately accessible or even readily available in all settings. Construction job sites in particular may have their only AED stashed in a trailer or they may not have one at all. As OSHA states in their first-aid manual: “CPR is of value because it supports the circulation and ventilation of the victim until an electric shock delivered by an AED can restore the fibrillating heart to normal.” In this way, CPR-trained employees can buy precious time in between the AED device being fetched or EMS transport arriving. For work sites that are located far away from an emergency department, CPR may be the only option until help can reach them.
Even Cursory Training Is Better Than None
The American Heart Association advocates a simpler method for CPR that minimizes the risk of complications for non-medical personnel administering CPR. Called “Hands-Only” CPR, this technique involves just chest compressions, and it has been proven to be as effective as traditional CPR in life-saving situations. A simple one-minute video could mean the difference between an employee living or passing away at the work site in the event of a cardiac arrest.
Best of all, since 88 percent of cardiac episodes occur in the home, the trainee will have the knowledge to save the life of someone they love in a potentially deadly scenario.
Train Construction Workers to Save Lives
In the construction industry, there are all sorts of potential stressors that can trigger a cardiac episode. Extreme physical exertion, strenuous outdoor conditions and environmental hazards like electric currents all pose threats that could unexpectedly stop a worker’s heart from beating.
Equip your workers with the tools to save each others’ lives, and give them the gift of knowledge and confidence at the same time. That way, when someone is exhibiting symptoms, they can receive the proper treatment rather than a bunch of wide-eyed stares.