Why CPR training is essential in high-risk environments

According to the American Heart Association, 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital every year, with 90% of those cases proving fatal. This is perhaps due to the fact that only 46% of people who suffer out of hospital sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) get the immediate help that they need. Further research suggests that the survival rate drops by 10% for every minute that CPR is not administered.

According to OSHA, every year 10,000 instances of SCA reportedly occur in the workplace. The primary requirement addressed by OSHA standards is that workplace employers must ensure prompt treatment, either by providing for the availability of a trained provider at the worksite, or by ensuring that emergency treatment services are within reasonable proximity (no more than 3-4 minutes away) from the worksite.

OSHA’s standard for first aid and CPR training in general industry, 29 CFR 1910.151(b), states:

In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, or hospital in near proximity to the workplace which is used for the treatment of all injured employees, a person or persons shall be adequately trained to render first aid.

In the high risk construction industry, 29 CFR 1926.50(c) states:

In the absence of an infirmary clinic, hospital, or physician, that is reasonably accessible in terms of time and distance to the worksite, which is available for the treatment of injured employees, a person who has a valid certificate in first-aid training from the U.S. Bureau of Mines, the American Red Cross, or equivalent training that can be verified by documentary evidence, shall be available at the worksite to render first aid.

These first aid and CPR training standards generally apply throughout all general industries. However, there are other standards for specific hazards and industries, which make employee first aid and CPR training mandatory rather than recommended. For example, see 29 CFR 1910. 266(i)(7) (mandatory first aid training for logging employees), and 29 CFR 1910.269(b) (requiring persons trained in first aid at work locations in the electric power industry).

The importance of CPR training

In the event of SCA, every second counts. The survival rate of victims plummets in the first ten minutes of an attack when help isn’t forthcoming. In high-risk industries such as construction, logging, electrical power or working in enclosed spaces, where work is often completed in remote areas, access to emergency services or a hospital within an acceptable time limit may not be possible. In high-risk workplaces where serious accidents can occur – such as falls, suffocation, electrocution, or amputation – medical services must be available within three to four minutes, if there are no employees on site who can render first aid or CPR treatment. This makes effective training for the high-risk work environment absolutely essential.

In order to practice and master the correct technique for CPR, a training manikin is required. Brayden manikins have a unique indicating light system, which allows trainees to clearly see the correct chest compression, speed and recoil that is needed to provide effective treatment. They also have a sophisticated ventilation system, which can be used in conjunction with other CPR solutions such as disposable face shields, to offer a hygienic way to learn the correct breathing technique.

Remote sites, such as off-shore drilling rigs, construction projects, marine vessels, power transmission lines, and energy pipelines, should also have easy access to an automated external defibrillator (AED). Onsite AEDs save precious treatment time and can improve survival odds because they can be used before emergency medical services personnel arrive. To learn correct procedures and how to operate an AED, our range of defibrillator training equipment is a useful resource.

To discuss CPR training options for your workplace, get in touch today at sales@aerohealthcare.us.com.