|Automated External Defibrillators in the Workplace|
|Topic||Internal Environment and Culture | Human Resource Management|
|Key Words||AED, OSHA, defibrillator, liability, Good Samaritan laws|
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that 15 percent of workplace deaths are due to sudden cardiac arrest. Since CPR alone is not always effective in such emergencies, many companies are purchasing Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for the workplace. AEDs are portable, lightweight versions of hospital defibrillators that shock a stopped heart into a regular beating pattern. One medical journal noted that 34 percent of companies surveyed had installed an AED, and 66 percent of cardiac arrest victims were successfully revived using the device.
|Source||"Automated External Defibrillators in the Workplace," Society for Human Resource Management, June, 2005.|
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