Despite an abundance of caution, medical emergencies can happen when least expected. Having the ability to give first aid and CPR isn’t just for quickly responding to a heart attack, but also for people who are bleeding, having trouble breathing and other medical emergencies.
For this reason, it’s critical that warehouse employees take CPR and first aid classes. The faster help is given, the greater the odds are the victim makes a full recovery.
One of the most important reasons for CPR training is the ability to identify an emergency situation when it happens. While CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) teaches abilities that will help someone treat breathing or cardiovascular issues, other skills taught in first aid classes, like how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) or do the Heimlich maneuver, can also save lives and lead to a full recovery. Because there are various CPR procedures for adults, children and infants, a knowledgeable and certified instructor will make certain that employees understand how to properly give first aid.
As most heart attacks, or similar episodes, occur outside of a hospital, CPR and first aid are essential life-saving skills. If someone in one of these life-threatening situations doesn’t get immediate attention, the odds of survival drop significantly. However, if first aid is administered quickly, it can dramatically raise the survival rate, to 90 percent in some instances. That reason alone ought to be sufficient to hold CPR training for your employees.
CPR may seem simple, but there is a lot of education needed to give first aid properly, and that can be difficult to pick up. For instance, being able to check how responsive the victim is and knowing how to listen and watch for breathing are skills that should be learned hands-on. There are also various ways of performing CPR depending on the victim’s age. The type of chest compressions and breaths to treat an infant are very different then those given to an adult.
First-aid training also covers the ability to respond to someone with a broken bone, bleeding, trouble breathing, a seizure or other situations. The objective of first-aid training is to address a person’s condition until first responders can arrive. Importantly, first-aid training and CPR training can help first responders do their jobs, and possibly save a life.
Finally, first-aid training has been shown to reduce the reluctance of people to help in emergency situations. In a medical emergency, those closest to the victim are best positioned to assist, and yet many people reluctant to help because of a lack of training. This should not be the case anywhere, and especially in your warehouse. Everyone has a moral responsibility to help as much as possible in an emergency. Providing CPR and first-aid classes will give employees skills and confidence needed to help.
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