Working in an industrial setting can be stressful and dangerous. You might be working with heavy machinery, dangerous tools or other items that can cause serious injury and even death if you do not pay attention. It is important that you learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event that a co-worker goes into cardiac arrest on the job.
The most important part of learning CPR is knowing the chain of survival. The chain of survival includes the following:
- Being able to recognize that someone is in cardiac arrest and then activating the emergency response system by calling 911.
- Conducting early CPR using chest compressions.
- Using a defibrillator.
- Providing the patient with basic and advanced medical services.
- Providing the patient with advanced life support.
If you take it upon yourself to become trained in CPR you are putting yourself in a good position should anything happen at work. Cardiac arrest comes with almost no warning signs. You might stumble upon a co-worker in their office who has passed out or you might watch a co-worker collapse right in front of you. Neither of these situations present signs that cardiac arrest is imminent.
When you know how to administer CPR, you are making your workplace safer even if you never have to perform it.
Knowing how to administer CPR might save a life of a co-worker one day. An accident on the job can send anyone into cardiac arrest. A co-worker could also go into cardiac arrest without warning. CPR is not only beneficial on the job. You might wind up having to put it to use at home to save a family member.