Ways to Prepare for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Workplace

Ways to Prepare for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Workplace

AED in office

There is a multitude of reasons why having an AED in your office is greatly important.

However, it is important to note that you don’t need any formal training to operate an AED and that anyone can use one.

Approximately 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests happen in workplace environments each year and how the Occupational and Safety Health Administration states that the survival rate for those who waited for emergency responders is only around 5-7%.

However, the most important reason for an office AED is that it is vital for workers who are “high-risk” individuals. High-risk individuals include:

  • Men aged forty or over
  • Those with a personal history of heart disease
  • Those with a family history of heart disease
  • Enlarged Heart
  • Those with high blood pressure
  • Diabetics
  • Those with high cholesterol
  • And more

The reason this is so important is that virtually every office or workplace has employees who fall into this category. Even without including those who are high-risk the survival rates of those who suffer from a sudden cardiac arrest drop an average of about 7-10% every minute without defibrillation from an AED which is even worse news for those who work far from a medical center.

This is an important reason why having an AED for any office is vitally important. These reasons are amplified further when you work in a medical office such as dental or chiropractic offices as there are patients to take into consideration along with workers. AEDs are one of if not the most important pieces of equipment for any office.

Other ways to prepare for Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the workplace

While there are no federal laws on mandating AEDs for offices, it is always a good idea to have one but if you cannot it is always a good idea to have staff trained to see the signs of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, perform CPR, and be prepared to handle these situations.

Training is hugely important especially for those who work with high-risk individuals or those who work in offices with patients such as medical offices. If you have an AED for the office, be sure to keep up with updates and make sure none of the additional equipment such as pads is expired.

Best AEDs for office:

Any AED is better than no AED for the office, however, there are a couple of specific AEDs that may be best suited for offices, whether that be an AED for chiropractic offices, an AED for dentist offices, or an AED for a general office setting. 

Cardiac Science G5:

The Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 AED is one of our most popular AEDs. Clients such as Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport chose the Cardiac Science G5 to upgrade their existing AED program.

Designed for first-time responders as well as experienced rescuers, the Powerheart® G5 automated external defibrillator (AED) combines ease of use with advanced technology. Intellisense™ CPR (ICPR) offers real-time, guideline-driven feedback, while a dual-language feature helps ensure that all rescuers can deliver high-quality CPR to help save the life of a sudden cardiac arrest victim.


The ZOLL AED Plus is known for its versatility and durability. With a plethora of features, including the industry pioneering CPR feedback, the ZOLL AED Plus is quickly becoming one of the industry’s best devices. The CPR feedback feature is unique because it provides real-time CPR monitoring, giving the responder guidance during an emergency. Best of all, our devices ship rescue ready, meaning they are go-for-use as soon as you receive it.

Philips OnSite Heartstart

The OnSite is one of the industry’s longest-in-service devices and for good reason. With step-by-step voice commands to guide responders through an emergency, the OnSite is known for its simplicity and effectiveness during an emergency. 

For over 18 years, Philips’ OnSite has been helping lay responders save lives in the workplace. 


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