According to OSHA, there are about 400 workplace deaths from cardiac arrest or heart attack, each year. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) performed immediately after a sudden cardiac event can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
An alarming study showed that the retention rate for CPR skills is extremely low. Only about one-third of those trained in CPR effectively retain CPR skills after six months, with the biggest drop-off occurring in the first few weeks.
The National Safety Council recommends that all adults should train and learn CPR. This is also applies to the workplace. Businesses and organizations should consider providing formal training onsite with refresher courses every six months.
Learning CPR in the workplace won’t only save lives; it will breed a level of awareness throughout your employees and instill a culture of a safe and caring work environment.