AEDs in the Workplace: Not Just a Good Idea, a Life-Saver

At Brisbane First Aid, we’re committed to advocating for safety in all aspects of life, especially in the workplace. A recent incident in Mackay, Queensland, highlights the life-saving potential of having an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on-site. This dramatic story serves as a compelling example of why AEDs in the workplace are not just a good idea—they’re a literal lifesaver.

A Turn of Fate for Dylan Holmes

Dylan Holmes, a 42-year-old workshop operator, was not meant to be at work on the day he suffered a cardiac arrest. A last-minute decision to pull some overtime nearly ended tragically. However, his life was saved, thanks to the quick actions of his colleagues and the availability of an AED. “The ambulance lady said that if [my work] didn’t have a defibrillator, I wouldn’t be alive now,” recounted a grateful Mr Holmes.

The Pivotal Moments that Led to Survival

Holmes collapsed unexpectedly while talking with a colleague during a night shift. Initially, the incident was thought to be a result of dehydration due to the hot weather. Mick Baker, Holmes’s employer, described the urgency of the situation: “On the way out, one of the guys said he’d grab the defib. We did a quick assessment and he wasn’t breathing; there was no pulse.”

Nine shocks were administered to Holmes between the workplace and the Mackay Base Hospital just 5 kilometres away. “It’s the first and only time we’ve ever used [the AED], and it saved this guy’s life,” Baker said.

Spreading Awareness Across Industries

This incident served as a wake-up call for Baker and Holmes, who are now using their experience to educate others. They’re not alone. Even professionals within the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) stress the importance of having AEDs readily available. According to QAS clinical director Lachlan Parker, about 30,000 people per year in Australia and New Zealand suffer a cardiac arrest with a low survival rate. “Every minute without defibrillation basically reduces your chance of survival by 10%,” said Parker.

AEDs: A Worthwhile Investment

The cost of AEDs can vary, but most businesses can expect to spend a few thousand dollars for a unit. “They’re not that expensive, and in this day and age, it’s a no-brainer,” insisted Holmes.

If your business doesn’t yet have an AED, consider this story a strong incentive to invest in one. It’s not just about complying with best practices; it’s about saving lives.

Be Prepared with Brisbane First Aid

We at Brisbane First Aid offer a variety of first aid courses, including those that provide training on how to use AEDs effectively. Contact us to find out more and make safety a priority in your workplace today.

Article courtesy of ABC news

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