One of the most valuable skills a person can learn is the life-saving technique known as CPR. In the case of a person having a heart attack, whether that person lives or dies may hinge on whether anyone nearby knows how to perform CPR.
The Daily Press came up with a plan here that other area businesses may want to incorporate into their inner workings. Over many months, Daily Press Publisher Dan McDonald was in the process of updating and improving our emergency plan. In addition to fire safety and other typical safety concerns, he came up with the idea of offering CPR training to every employee who wanted to take part.
The response was wonderful. Training took place earlier this year during business hours. Today, employees in every department of the Daily Press are certified to perform CPR. In addition, a list of employees who have been trained is kept on hand in case help is needed in an emergency.
Training sessions took a half day and Daily Press employees split up into three sessions. In our opinion, this was some of the best time ever spent by our employees. If just one person is helped, at work or elsewhere, the training will be worth it.
We would encourage any area business or agency to offer the same training to their employees. Hopefully, it is a skill that will never have to be used, but it pays to be prepared in case the worst happens. Tragically, sometimes the worst does happen.
Take a look at these sobering statistics from the American Heart Association
- Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, with nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring annually.
- 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed.
- Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.
- Sadly, less than 8 percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive.
CPR training is available locally and classes are listed regularly in these pages. It is one of the most valuable benefits you can give your employees - or yourself. If you would like insight on how the Daily Press developed its CPR training contact Publisher Dan McDonald at 786-2021, ext. 101.