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Workplace AEDs: What to know

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The workplace can be a bustling environment filled with productivity and collaboration. But, in the midst of the daily grind, it’s crucial to prioritize employee safety and well-being. One essential way to do this is by providing Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the workplace.

AEDs are life-saving devices that can restore a regular heart rhythm in cases of sudden cardiac arrest. According to the Australian Resuscitation Council, each minute that passes after sudden cardiac arrest reduces the chances of survival by 10%. Having an AED readily available in the workplace can significantly increase the chances of survival and reduce the risk of permanent damage.

But here’s the thing: having an AED in the workplace is not mandatory. However, Australia’s First Aid Code of Practice recommends that businesses should consider purchasing an AED for their workplace.

At DDI safety, we offer a range of high-quality workplace AEDs, each with unique features to suit your specific needs. Choosing the right AED for your workplace can be challenging, so we’ve created a tool that enables you to compare and contrast the features of different models. Some AEDs have features like child mode, which adjusts the energy level for a child’s smaller body, CPR readers that guide the user on proper chest compressions, and even wifi access to allow for remote monitoring and updates.

A meme of a man raising his hand claiming to be a doctor because he watched Grey's Anatomy

Apart from having a defibrillator, it’s essential to ensure that your staff is adequately trained in first aid and defib use. And no, watching Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t count! First aid courses cover a range of topics, including CPR, treating burns and fractures, and other emergency situations. And who knows, your staff may discover some hidden talents and become the next Meredith Grey or McDreamy. Just kidding!

Investing in AEDs and employee training is not only the right thing to do but also the smart thing to do. It shows that you prioritize the safety and well-being of your employees, and it creates a culture of safety and preparedness in the workplace.

In conclusion, saving lives, one beat at a time, is crucial in the workplace. Providing AEDs and training your employees on their use can make a significant difference in case of an emergency. So, let’s prioritize safety and invest in AEDs today!