Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the second leading cause of death in Canada, taking more lives than motor vehicle accidents, diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer combined. It happens to some person in this country every 12 minutes, sometimes at workplaces. The victim’s chances of surviving the experience improve dramatically if there’s a first aid device capable of restarting the heart called an automated external defibrillator (AED) at the site.
In this report, you will find:
The Importance of AEDs in the Workplace
Consider these numbers:
- 1% to 5%: The general odds of surviving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) outside a hospital setting;
- 40%: The odds of survival when SCA occurs at a site where’s easy access to an AED; and
- 60%: The odds of survival when an AED is used in the first 3-4 minutes of SCA.
AEDs in the Workplace Policy
Sudden cardiac arrest is the second leading cause of death in Canada. While not required by laws (although that could change soon in Ontario), implementing a workplace automated external defibrillator (AED) program can save lives. Here’s a template of a policy you can adapt as part of such a program.
Know the Laws of Your Province Regarding AEDs in the Workplace
Government of Canada Guidelines for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) per province.
AEDs Incident Report Form
Here’s a form, which comes from the Canadian Red Cross, that you should complete any time you use your AED in a first aid emergency situation. Have the person who used the AED complete and submit the form within 48 hours of the incident.
AED Re-Stocking Form
It’s important to replace AED equipment immediately after each use so that the device is ready for effective use without delay. Here’s a form you can adapt to ensure effective re-stocking.
Post-Incident AED Cleaning Protocol
It’s important to clean the AED and replace the pads and other equipment immediately after each use so that the device is ready for effective use without delay. Here’s a protocol you can adapt to ensure safe and effective post-incident AED cleaning.
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