AEDs in the Workplace
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can strike anywhere and at any time. It can happen to anyone: an employee in the workplace or a shopper in a mall.
The only effective treatment for SCA is early defibrillation with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
In North America, more people die each year from sudden cardiac arrest than from breast cancer, prostate cancer, AIDS, handgun incidents, and traffic accidents combined.
In Canada, this amounts to 35,000 to 45,000 lives lost every year. Although AEDs are not legally required in Canadian workplaces, many organizations have implemented AED programs citing the benefits of risk reduction for employees and customers.
To maximize the value of your AED and exceed the recommendations for WorkSafeBC and the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Global Medical Services can provide you with our medical direction package which includes the following components:
- Emergency Medical Response Procedures – Working with you, we will provide formal procedures to enhance your current plan with the addition of the AED.
- Physician Consult – You will be able to consult with a Global physician who will answer any medical/response questions from your AED response providers.
- Emergency Health Services Liaison – Global will send letters to the nearest Ambulance station and the Fire Department to inform them of your AED program.
- Post Incident Call Review – Should your facility experience an event where the AED is used, a Global physician will review the data from the AED and provide reports as needed to British Columbia Ambulance Service and your local hospital. In addition, you will be provided with a written Call Summary Report of the incident which will assist you with continuous quality improvement in your program.
- Operational Debriefing/Critical Incident Stress – Global can arrange for an operational debriefing with the providers who manage a cardiac arrest event to reassure them of their actions. We can also advise management about best practices to provide appropriate emotional and psychological support. If you do not have an employee assistance program, Global can also liaise with WorkSafe BC who will coordinate critical incident interventions for work-related traumatic events.
The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation contains legal requirements that must be met by all workplaces under the inspection jurisdiction of WorkSafeBC. Many sections of the Regulation have associated guidelines and policies.
Please follow the link to read the complete WorkSafeBC guidelines and policies for having an AED in your workplace.
For more information, visit WorkSafeBC’s AED Guidelines