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Emergency First Aid ClassesThe CPR School was recently hired to teach CPR AED and First Aid training certification classes for the employees of a large crane company located in Florida.  During the class we discussed the many medical emergencies that are present in the construction industry.  Our CPR AED and First Aid Courses are offered at your worksite during any and all shifts.  We work 24/7 to make scheduling your training easy.  

According to OSHA 13% of all workplace fatalities result from sudden cardiac arrest.  According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest claims about 340,000 lives each year – or around 930 every day in the United States.  Sudden cardiac arrest, which is the leading cause of death in the United States kills more people than breast cancer, lung cancer, and AIDS combined.  Currently 95 percent of all cardiac arrest victims die.  Yes, I said ninety five percent of all cardiac arrest victims die.

First off, what is sudden cardiac arrest?  Sudden cardiac arrest is caused by a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythm that can result from heart attack, respiratory arrest, drowning, electrocution, choking, trauma or it can have no known cause and it can happen to anyone regardless of age or gender.  

When we talk about electrocution this could be caused by lightning striking you or the equipment you are operating or it could be electrocution from a power line or motor.  Any type of electricity entering your body could cause you to go into cardiac arrest.

In most instances to restart the heart you will need an AED or Automated External Defibrillator.  Unlike the defibrillators with the paddles you see on TV, the AEDs that are in many public places such as airports, marinas, shopping malls, churches, health clubs, golf and tennis clubs and schools are safe to use.  These AEDs are designed to only shock dead people.  By this I mean that these public access defibrillators or AED’s will not shock a living breathing person.  They are designed to only shock people that are no longer breathing.  This means that you can’t connect someone up to this AED and shock them unless they are no longer breathing and in 2 unique types of heart rhythms.  

What medical emergencies does your CPR AED First Aid Safety class cover?  Our CPR AED and First Aid classes cover emergency medical care for a variety of different emergencies and life saving techniques including:
Legal/Ethical Concerns, Bloodborne Pathogens, Calling 911 and Emergency Medical Services, Scene Management and Patient Assessment, Bleeding, Cuts and Shock, Burns, Falls, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heart Attack, Drowning, Eye Injuries, Head and Face Injuries, Injuries to Muscles, Bones and Joints, Allergic Reactions and Respiratory Emergencies, Diabetic Emergencies, Seizures and Strokes, Heat Exhaustion and Hypothermia, Poisonings and Overdoses and a variety of other medical emergencies.

In addition to first aid treatment for medical emergencies what else do you cover?  Our classes are student driven.  By this I mean no 2 classes are alike.  We encourage the students to talk about medical emergencies that they have seen either on the job or at home.  We discuss proper treatment for these emergencies, what to do, and what not to do.  We go through many different scenarios and we also stress accident prevention.  As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.  Often we discover safety concerns that management was unaware of.  Through our classroom discussions, management is then able to take action to correct any safety issues.

How often should CPR and First Aid training occur?  The old expression use it or lose it comes to mind.  The American Heart Association CPR AED and First Aid certification cards are valid for a period of 2 years.  Every 2 years may be sufficient for the actual training classes but safety drills, similar to the fire drills we had in school should be conducted on a regular basis.  These drills apply what was learned in the classroom to real life scenarios that can occur on the job site.

What about a first aid kit?  A good first aid kit is very important however it does not necessarily mean signing an expensive service contract to fill your first aid kit or wall mounted first aid cabinet with overpriced bandages and aspirin.  In fact, I discourage having OTC medications in the company first aid kit.  Keeping your first aid kit simple is often best.  In addition to your PPE listed above you will want bandages, medical tape, burn gel, eye wash and an assortment of band aids in various sizes.  The items you include in your first aid kit may vary depending on the size and number of job sites, what special hazards may be present and the number of construction workers at each site.

What is an Automated External Defibrillator or AED?
An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is a portable, battery operated electronic device about the size of a laptop computer.  The AED automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a victim and is able to treat the patient by an electrical shock which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.  AEDs are designed to be simple so that anyone can use one.  So simple that I often start my CPR AED classes by selecting someone from the class that has never seen an AED and I ask them to demonstrate how to use an AED by following the AEDs voice instructions.  To date, the youngest person to effectively demonstrate the AED in one of my classes was 9 years old.

Should we have an AED at our construction site?
My answer is always “Yes”.  According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest claims about 340,000 lives each year – or around 1,000 every day in the United States.  Sudden cardiac arrest, which is the leading cause of death in the United States.  Cardiac arrest kills more people than breast cancer, lung cancer, and AIDS combined. Currently 95 percent of all cardiac arrest victims die. 

Simply put, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) save lives.  Would you spend $2,000 if it saved an employees?  The answer is obviously yes.  You have smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, security cameras and other systems to save property why not put something in place that saves lives. 

Think about this, how many fire extinguishers does your company own?  Fire extinguishers are designed to save property whereas an AED saves lives.  We all know that life safety is much more important than saving property.

What does OSHA indicate about AEDs?
"Because the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can save the lives of workers who experience cardiac arrest while on the job, OSHA today encouraged employers to consider making this equipment available in their workplace."
 - US Department of Labor, Office of Public Affairs, Dec. 17, 2001

What about Liability and Federal Laws regarding the use of AEDs?
The Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (CASA) of 2000 is our nation's first legislation recognizing the lifesaving role played by automated external defibrillators (AEDs).  The law highlights the need to make AEDs accessible to anyone who has had proper training, not just professional medical personnel.  The law protects trained AED users from liability, and also protects any person who has maintained the device, provided training, tested the device or acquired it.  The law also augments existing state "Good Samaritan" laws by ensuring federal liability protection for trained users and purchasers of AEDs.

Why use The CPR School for CPR and First Aid Training Classes?
We offer American Heart Association, ASHI and ECSI CPR, First Aid and AED training certification classes at your location. What sets us apart from the others……….Our CPR, First Aid and AED classes are both educational and fun. Our philosophy is that learning does not have to be painfully boring. We feel that if you have fun, laugh and the CPR class is interesting you will enjoy yourself and will absorb and retain the material better. 

And don’t forget about quality……This is what sets us apart from the others.
1) Full time professional instructor.  No subcontractors, temps of fill ins.
2) Your instructor will have real CPR experience
3) Your instructor will have real AED experience
4) Your instructor will have a bachelors and masters degree
5) Your instructor will be a state licensed EMT or Paramedic (FL State license)
6) Your instructor will have risk management experience (FL State license)
7) Your instructor will have 20+ years teaching experience
8) Your instructor will be named on a $2,000,000.00 liability insurance policy
9) Your class will be fun.  You will learn a lot and have fun doing so - we promise.
10) Free AED Inspections with each class
11) Money back satisfaction guarantee on all classes

The CPR School is committed to helping your organization with all of your employee health and safety needs.  From CPR AED First Aid safety training programs to implementing, installing and maintaining AEDs at your workplace.  Call us at 877-6AED-CPR (877-623-3277 to discuss how we can help you with your safety needs.

The CPR School offers members of the Crane Safety Coalition and the Florida Crane Owners' Council Inc. 10% off all CPR AED and First Aid training classes and 5% off all AEDs.

Keith Murray is the owner of The CPR School, a mobile training company that provides CPR, AED First Aid safety training for construction companies, contractors, engineering firms, businesses and schools throughout Florida. The CPR School also sells, services and provides consulting for AEDs - automated external defibrillators.  Contact The CPR School at 561-762-0500 or Keith@TheCPRschool.com.

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