AED Machines on Site
Having an AED Machine on Site is critical…and not only that but on a lot of work sites, in factories, shopping centres (most public places for that matter), schools and many other settings it is actually compulsory to have a defibrillator (AED) on-site at all times!
According to the ANZCOR Guideline 7 – Automated External Defibrillation in Basic Life Support it has been proved and stated that ” The importance of defibrillation has been well established as part of overall resuscitation, along with effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must only be used for persons who are unresponsive and not breathing normally.
With cardiac arrest, time to defibrillation is a key factor that influences a persons chance of survival. A defibrillator should be applied to the person who is unresponsive and not breathing normally as soon as it becomes available so that a shock can be delivered if necessary.”
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There are many reasons that Automated External Defibrillators – AED Machines on Site are a critical part of your First Aid plan. As a company Checkpoint prides itself in problem-solving and providing solutions to minimise risk whether its a fire, first aid, intruder risk etc. we have a solution and when you get in contact with us in regards to your safety needs we love taking the time to help design and provide the perfect solution for your site.
One of our main goals was to come up with a solution to minimise the time between a first aid emergency or accident and the response, as we understand how critical this is to minimise the damage to personnel, assets and property.
This is where our Cygnus Wireless Nurse Call System is a game-changer! This system is comprised of the main control panel (base station) and call points for fire, first aid or general emergencies.
These call points can be positioned throughout a site in the most site/condition suited way (we custom design each layout and configuration for each different site need), to ensure that all employees regardless of where they are on your site, each and every worker will have access in the case of an emergency.
Let’s look at two hypothetical worksite scenarios and the outcomes with and without a Cygnus Nurse Call Systems to aid in the rapid application of an AED in the shortest time possible.
…so to set the scene we have a large worksite, with a lot of buildings and obstructions which means many workers are out of sight and a fair distance from each other.
Site 1 – This company likes to cut corners on safety and just hope for the best! No nurse call system or first responder trolleys are used on-site however they do have an AED Machines on Site in the site office (take note this is over a kilometre from the furthest worker). Let’s say for instance the worker at the furthest end of the worksite, is laying pipes on the other side of a wall (no one can see or hear him over the loud busy construction site noise and hustle) – he gets hurt badly by a piece of heavy pipe crushing his chest, which consequently putting him into cardiac arrest! A few minutes later one of the other workers realise that he is laying on the floor not breathing properly – he runs over and tries to yell for someone’s attention but as it is a large, loud, busy site no one hears and he has no way of sounding an alert to get help quickly. So he has to run over 1km back to the site shed to get the defib and run the 1km back to the worker now in severe danger of long-lasting injury to his brain and body or even more fatally death. By the time he gets back, it’s almost too late but all efforts are made, emergencies are called and the worker is rushed to hospital. Unfortunately, he will forever suffer long term damage to his brain and body because the time between the accident and a defib (AED) being administered was far to long!
Site 2 – We have the exact same situation, but this company prides itself in putting SAFETY FIRST. They have first responder trolleys positioned all over the site with Cygnus call points on each trolley. Let’s use the same scenario – the worker at the furthest end of the worksite, is laying pipes on the other side of a wall (no one can see or hear him on the loud busy construction site) – he gets hurt badly by a piece of heavy pipe crushing his chest, consequently putting him into cardiac arrest! A few minutes later one of the other workers realise that he is laying on the floor not breathing properly – he knows immediately he must find the closest first-aid call point and alert the safety personnel and site that there is an urgent first aid emergency. Because they have Radio and SMS modules programmed into their system all the site managers and first aiders receive a text to say that there has been a medical emergency in the area that the call point was activated from. The first responder, radios that the worker injured is not breathing properly so he states that they need a portable defibrillator as quick as possible, which arrives very rapidly and is applied to the patient straight away. An ambulance is called and the worker is taken to the hospital – he is released with no permanent damage because of the rapid response between accident and application of the AED machines on site.
In conclusion, we can see the vital importance of having thorough first aid response plans including; first aid kits, trauma kits, automatic defibrillators (AED machines), first aid call points, first responder trolleys or safety HUBS etc. on-site close at hand so that incidents can not only be avoided but responded to in the fastest most appropriate method to minimise risk and damage to both life and property.
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