Responding to Medical Emergencies in the Office

AmbulanceWhat would you do if your coworker suddenly collapsed at work? While calling for help is essential, it may not be enough to save the life of an employee that experiences a medical emergency in the office.

Under OSHA regulations, each organization located more than four minutes from a medical clinic or hospital must have at least one person trained in first aid during all working hours, as well as written documentation of emergency medical procedures.

These workplace first-aid providers should be trained to deliver medical assessments and deliver initial medical emergency procedures like CPR while awaiting the arrival of medical personnel. OSHA suggests they can be trained to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which can lead to a 60% survival rate if used within 3 to 4 minutes after a sudden cardiac arrest, according to the American Heart Association.

While nobody expects a medical emergency in the workplace, medical situations can strike anybody, anytime. An estimated 450,000 people die each year of cardiac arrest, with 13 percent of these deaths occurring in the workplace, according to the American Heart Association. There were 5,488 work-related fatalities in the U.S. in 2007, with each fatality costing more than a million dollars, according to the National Safety Council.

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