Many Workers Do Not Receive CPR/AED Training, Survey Says

One-third of workers have not received first aid or CPR/automated external defibrillator (AED) training, says a survey published June 19, 2017, by American Heart Association (AHA).

According to AHA, approximately 10,000 cardiac arrests occur in U.S. workplaces each year. Almost 90% of people who have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die, AHA says.

Despite the prevalence and high fatality rate of heart attacks, AHA says many workers are not trained in the event of a cardiac emergency. According to AHA, 33% of workers have not received first aid or CPR/AED training, specifically, 41% of general office industry workers; 41% hospitality and service workers; 28% of general office workers; 23% of workers in education.

Across all industries, 43% of AHA’s respondents said their employers do not offer any first aid, CPR and/or AED training. This was most prevalently reported among hospitality/service industry workers, with 59% saying their employers offer none of the three types of training.

Most employees across all industries do not look for AEDs in public locations and 51% do not know where the AED is located in the workplace, AHA says. In the hospitality/service industry, where workers regularly deal with the general public and could “easily find themselves in an emergency situation,” AHA says that 66% of workers do not know where the AED is located.

According to AHA, in the event that someone needed to use first aid, CPR or an AED:

• 63% of workers would know what to do if someone needed CPR;

• 44% of workers would know what to do if someone needed to use an AED;

• 72.5% of workers would know what to do if someone needed to provide first aid.

The survey was conducted using a sample size of 500 workers in each of four industries: office setting, hospitality/service, education and industry/labor.

To find a first aid, CPR or AED training course from American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class/first-aid.

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