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Reacting to a Heart Health Issue on the Job

Are you ready to react if someone collapses on the job?

As much time as we spend at work, it is not surprising that an individual may show symptoms of a heart attack or actually suffer cardiac arrest in the workplace. Reacting quickly to these heart health issues often means life or death. Be aware of the people in your office who are trained in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) or AED (Automated External Defibrillator) use, and know the location of the AED.

What is the difference between heart attack and cardiac arrest?

 

By being a Good Samaritan you can save lives through performing these three steps:

 

These steps can help prevent the death of individuals experiencing cardiac arrest or heart attacks. It is important that individuals trained in CPR respond immediately. Dispatched Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) have an average respondent time of eight to twelve minutes. In the event of cardiac arrest, the use of the AED by a Good Samaritan will give the individual an increased chance of survival.

Danella employees are given safety training which includes learning the signs of heart issues and how to react. Employees can check with their Supervisors for more information on safety training and CPR courses that Danella provides. If you are not a part of Danella make sure to check out the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver courses for the workplace.

Source: National Safety Council, American Heart Association