Employers urged to install automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the workplace

WorkSafe Victoria is calling on employers to consider installing life-saving defibrillators at their workplace.

The regulator has published new guidance on the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the workplace to promote safer workplaces.

The guidance states that those with access to an AED can safely step in to handle a cardiac arrest crisis, knowing that they won’t cause greater harm to the patent but may save their life.

“Very few people survive a cardiac arrest without swift assistance and the use of an AED might be the difference between life and death,” said WorkSafe Health and Safety Executive Director Julie Nielsen,

About 19,000 AEDs have now been installed in locations across Victoria, although many workplaces still do not have access to this device.

Ambulance Victoria attended 6434 cardiac arrests in 2017-18, and of those, 82 patients were successfully defibrillated with a publicly available AED. Death from cardiac arrest can happen in minutes if a person is not treated.

The latest AEDs use voice prompts and pictures to guide the operator on how to use them and when to stop, and when to restart CPR.

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