Acting in Emergency Situations


Reasons to learn CPR/AED/First Aid

In 2019, with all our new year’s goals, why not add Thrive’ s CPR/AED/First Aid Training or a review to your list? It’s easy to sign up for and a great benefit Thrive provides.

Did you know that among 2,000 employees in corporate offices, hospitality, education, industry/labor:

  • 55% of the employees were not able to get CPR/AED/First Aid Training from their employer

  • If training was available, it was often just CPR or First Aid, not both.

Many years ago, a staff working at an AFC that I supervised, took action with an unresponsive resident and administered CPR. After receiving the call, I arrived at the home and the EMT’s were there. The staff and I went to the office to give her time for debriefing. In-between her sobs after such an emotional experience, she asked that our company provide CPR training and on a regular basis. The staff reported that she performed CPR with some skill she remembered from training 15 years ago and did not feel she had the correct tools.

American Red Cross encourages you to act in an emergency, even if the skills you remember from a past training are the only tools you have to work with. Taking training now to be current with CPR/AED/First Aid will help you to feel more confident if an emergency does arise and decreases the feeling of helplessness. American Red Cross statistics show that we begin to lose some of the CPR skills we learned after 3 months due to the fact it is not something we use every day or maybe never. Annual reviews, or more frequent, are encouraged even if you possess the 2-year certification.

When Jeff Bradley became owner of Thrive and Lisa Gasner Program Administrator, they set CPR training as a priority, honored the requests and supported the training to be offered to all employees of Thrive on a regular basis.

10 Reasons to learn CPR/AED/First Aid

  1. Quick action using CPR immediately with an unresponsive person can double or triple the chances of survival after cardiac arrest.

  2. 70% of Americans feel helpless to act in an emergency because they either do not know how or have not had regular training, forgetting skills and are afraid to act.

  3. Brain death occurs four to six minutes after the heart stops beating. CPR effectively keeps blood flowing and oxygen to the brain along with other vital organs.

  4. Less than 3% of the US population receives CPR training. (Let’s work together as Thrive employees to increase that) A common response when asked why a person would not perform CPR, they stated they never received the training.

  5. After cardiac arrest, survival falls to 10-15% per minute without CPR.

  6. You may save a loved one, a friend’s loved one or someone at work.

  7. Learning something new is always a positive, Knowledge is power.

  8. National Statistics have shown that more than 300,000 people have cardiac arrests in the United States. More than 85% or cardiac arrests happen at home. Only 15-30% of the people who have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting receive bystander CPR.

  9. CPR/AED/First Aid Training builds your confidence to take action in an emergency.

  10. The training always looks great on your training record.

A frequently asked question: What’s the difference between a cardiac arrest and a heart attack?

  • Cardiac Arrest is an electrical problem. The heart malfunctions and stops beating.
    What to do: Call 911 and begin CPR

  • Heart Attack is a circulation problem. It occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked. It can lead to cardiac arrest.
    What to do: Call 911. If the person goes into cardiac arrest and becomes unresponsive before EMT’s arrive, begin CPR.

CPR training is something we may use at home, at work in our facilities or in the community. Most of us are unaware of how we would react in an emergency situation as it is not something we encounter often or maybe never. It’s actually a little frightening to think about, wondering how we would really respond. Having some tools at least gives us the ability to visualize what our emergency action would look like.

As we continue on into 2019 with determination regarding goals we set at the beginning of the New Year, let’s continue to encourage confidence among all employees, developing skills that will help them to step in, and assist when a medical emergency arises.