Why the Automated External Defibrillator AED should be present in every office?

In today's economy, employers are doing all they can to reduce expenses. However, there are a variety of health and safety precautions that should not be changed in an effort to cut down the expenses. Health & wellness of employees should be of primary concern. Every organization should be equipped with life-saving devices such as an Automated External Defibrillator.

One workplace danger is sudden cardiac arrest – a rapid, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness. According to the Mayo Foundation, “Sudden cardiac arrest is a medical emergency. If not treated immediately, it causes sudden cardiac death. With fast, appropriate medical care, survival is possible.” According the American Heart Association, 400,000 to 460,000 die each year of cardiac arrest, and 13 percent of these deaths occur in the workplace. With more than one in three adults having one or more types of cardiovascular disease – or 81,100,000 Americans – it's too great of a risk to not be prepared or, worse, to ignore it.

Death in the workplace is a challenge on a variety of levels for both the employer as well as the surviving coworkers. Most notable is the emotional aspects that follow after a death – depression, anxiety, fear, decreased morale, etc. What also affects the organization as a whole is the deceased employee's intellectual and institutional knowledge, as well as higher insurance premiums, possible litigation and financial strain that directly impact the survivors at the place of employment. While it is nearly impossible to put a price tag on the death of a coworker, there are many financial repercussions that will be carried by the surviving workforce. In Occupational Health & Safety, Robert Ambrose identifies that it costs the employer 175 percent of that worker's annual salary to rehire for the position.

What's less simple to articulate is the emotional impact suffered when a coworker dies – a story that Maverick Transportation, LLC knows too well. When one of their employees, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brad Scott, died from sudden cardiac arrest, the company immediately decided to do everything it could to help avoid such a tragic loss in the future. They contacted Ben Wellons, pres