Why equip your business with a defibrillator?
More and more defibrillators are now available in public spaces and shops, however the workplace has yet to follow suit.
The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a lifesaving medical device that revives a victim’s heart in cardiac arrest. Each year 50,000 people die prematurely from cardiac arrest in France, and 400,000 total victims in Europe.
As we explained in our previous AED article, in order to have the best chance to save a life one must intervene within the first 4 minutes. In this small window before the emergency services arrive, one must be performing CPR or using a defibrillator in order to revive the heart.
1. Like an extinguisher, a defibrillator is above all a protective measure needed on hand
Being equipped with a defibrillator is most importantly a protective measure in case of emergency. It protects neighbors, loved ones and acquaintances alike. A defibrillator in the office can save the life of an employee, client, neighbor or manager.
A defibrillator is a preventative measure to ensure your employees’ health and safety. And it’s great for the employer! In France, employers are required to provide health and safety procedures for their employees in the workplace.
“Having a life saving medical device in the workplace is above all is above all a preventative measure that ensures your employees’ health and safety”
Although defibrillators aren’t yet mandatory in the workplace, heart attacks and cardiac arrest can be considered work-related accidents in many situations (physical strain, burnout, stress…) and therefore the employer is at risk of liability.
A business whose employees are able to save lives is viewed as a positive, caring and inclusive environment, worthy of being called a “Great Place To Work”! And if your business is open to the public, you aren’t only protecting your employees but also your clients.
2. In case of cardiac arrest, a defibrillator is essential and extremely easy to use
With the right reflexes and proper equipment, anyone can respond to cardiac arrest and potentially save a life. Remember, a defibrillator is extremely simple to use. Once turned on, the device vocally guides you step by step and alone decides if a shock is necessary. You have no decision to make and there’s no risk of aggravating the situation.
In case of emergency, the primary witness is the first link in the chain of emergency response. And in the workplace, the primary witness is you or one of your collegues!
If we want to save the most lives possible, we must be ready to respond wherever we are! Not only in public areas but also the places where we spend most of our time. Today, we spend between one-third to half our time in the workplace, therefore it seems logical to have defibrillators available at work.
3. Although not yet mandatory, defibrillator regulations are rapidly evolving
On the legal side, we’re not there just yet. Currently, no business is formally mandated to have a defibrillator. However, being equipped with one is implied in that employers are required to ensure the health and safety of their employees.
To contrast, however, a 2016 bill mandates defibrillator equipment and maintenance for all businesses, larger than 50 people, and public establishments. This bill emphasizes the trend and interest of requiring defibrillators in businesses. So far, however, the high cost of these devices and their maintenance pushed the National Assembly to limit the bill’s field of applications to public establishments only (concert halls, shopping malls, schools, stadiums, etc.).
Lifeaz’s mission is to save lives by putting citizens in the middle of the emergency chain of response by combining first aid training and defibrillator accessibility. To do this we’ve developed Everyday Heroes, a fun digital platform that teaches lifesaving techniques. Developed in part with the Paris Fire Brigade, Everyday Heroes is accompanied by our new generation of connected defibrillators, 100% made in France and easy to use by to all.