You Can Save a Life: CPR Training in the Office



It’s a well-known fact that CPR saves lives, which is why companies increasingly offer on-site CPR training classes to their employees.  The benefit of CPR training is obvious and indisputable: it, quite literally, saves lives. Most people are unaware that of cardiac arrest victims, 92% do not survive. This is often due to too much time elapsing between the cardiac event and the emergency technicians’ arrival; it takes only 8 minutes for the victim to lose oxygen flow to the brain. The American Heart Association states that if more people begin to take CPR classes, the survival rate could double or even triple, because when a victim receives CPR while waiting for the emergency response unit, it significantly enhances the probability of their survival.

Every person trained in CPR has the capability to save a life. We often talk about empowering our employees. CPR training is indeed the ultimate empowerment.

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is an emergency course of action that can be utilized anywhere and everywhere.  And emergencies indeed do happen anywhere and everywhere: in the home, at school, in the workplace, and everywhere in between.

But the benefits of providing workplace CPR training go beyond the obvious.    Learning CPR encourages self-confidence and develops trust between staff members. When employees take a CPR course, they learn theory and practical methods so that they understand emergency situations and know how to identify them and act. With proper hands on training with a good instructor, there is no hesitation. The CPR provider is prepared and can apply CPR techniques without fear.

CPR expertise is also a benefit employees can take home with them; being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.  Studies show that 88% of cardiac arrest emergencies occur at home.

CPR training can be basic or advanced. Sometimes employers start with the basic training and then offer advanced training to interested employees at a later date.

So as you consider implementing a CPR training program at your company, remember this: It is a team builder, enhances employee confidence, and, most importantly, just may save lives.

Here are some helpful statistics from the American Heart Association:

Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double a victim’s chance of survival

CPR helps maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the amount of time that can elapse before electric shock from a defibrillator is rendered ineffective

More than 90 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.

Death from sudden cardiac arrest is not inevitable. If more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.

Brain death begins to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if no CPR and defibrillation occurs during that time.

If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7 percent to 10 percent for every minute of delay until defibrillation. Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provided within minutes of collapse.

Coronary heart disease accounts for about 446,000 deaths each year.

Bio: Cheryl Morgan is blogger and Brand Manager for, leading supplier of gift baskets to college students. She enjoys writing about business and marketing tips.




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