Defibrillators (AED’s) are now part of CPR training
Instructors have added automated external defibrillators to their CPR training for employees.
These portable electronic devices come complete for use in an emergency and “talk” users through the steps to follow with a heart attack victim. Whether you have one in the store, you could find yourself in a location with a defibrillator and need to know how to use it. Gyms typically are equipped with defibrillators, for example.
A second CPR method is limited just to doing chest compressions. This method requires more compressions per minute. Performing only compressions is a way to keep blood circulating and getting some oxygen to the brain. Although the lungs don’t get as much air as the mouth-to-mouth method, compressions do cause the lungs to ‘breathe’ a little, allowing some oxygen to enter the blood. It remains acceptable for responders to use the combination of breathing and compressions.
This is a great time for companies to update their first aid cardholder lists to make sure employees remain certified with the proper training. Labor & Industries requires that companies have safety certified people on staff when employees are present. Labor & Industries will accept online training certificates and there are many online offerings. Some EMT/EMS departments will offer this service for free, so check with your area Fire Department.
WRA employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198 x18, or firstname.lastname@example.org.