First Aid Training in the Workplace Made Easy
Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 12:16 PM
We’ve come a long way from the days of the simple company first aid supply kit with a few aspirins and a bandage or two in it. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs), emergency oxygen, first response teams — what does YOUR company need to help provide a safe and healthy workplace that’s ready to respond in case of an emergency or injury?
"Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury from which some may never recover. These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families, and damage our economy. American workers are not looking for a handout or a free lunch. They are looking for a good day's pay for a hard day's work. They just want to go to work, provide for their families, and get home in one piece."
Wed, May 22, 2013 @ 12:13 PM
A huge round of applause for Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington legislature for their approval of Substitute House Bill (SHB) 1556 requiring all high school students to receive CPR training as part of their health classes.
What a great way to ensure that more people know the easy-to-learn technique of using CPR to aid a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.
Young people are more than up to the task, too. According to a 2009 study in Critical Care:
“Students as young as 9 years are able to successfully and effectively learn basic life support skills including AED deployment, correct recovery position, and emergency calling.”
This study assessed 147 students between 9 and 18 years old in 11 randomly selected schools throughout Austria who were trained “to the level of a BLS instructor using a standardized curriculum.”
•Of those 147 students, 86% performed CPR correctly.
•Sixty nine percent of the students tilted the mannequin head sufficiently for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
•Scores on other life supporting techniques were at least 80% or higher.
What does your state require?
We checked in with our regulatory gurus for some current info on whether other states in the U.S. are exploring CPR skills as a high school graduation requirement. At present:
•36 states require CPR for graduation
•Of the 14 which do not, 10 are working to make it a requirement with legislation currently pending
Not all of those 36 states mandate that a certification card be issued at the completion of a class. For those states, their requirement is met when CPR is taught and proficiency is demonstrated by the student. For a few states, training in compression-only CPR is sufficient to meet their regulation.
To get the skinny on requirements in your particular state, you can look it up in the regulatory section in Otis.