Think Safe recently developed an integrated solution for one of the nation’s leading providers of accounting, tax and consulting services. This new client has more than 6,000 employees and associates in about 75 cities nationwide. The client’s goal was to have a best practice first aid program to include Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and appropriate first aid supplies that ensured a high-level of readiness at all times yet was user-friendly and affordable. The company’s office suites are low risk of injury workplaces but a specific goal was to address the need to respond to the nation’s biggest killer – Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) – which claims the lives of over 300,000 people annually. Key decision makers at the company were well aware of some key information that OSHA had released on the topic. ” Employers should consider use of AEDs at their work sites to reduce the time to defibrillation with the goal of improving survival.”
These offices are now fully equipped to deal with any medical illness or injury-related emergency situations with their investment of proper first aid equipment, AEDs, and site specific employee training. This program and client showcase how multi-facility organizations can implement affordable employee benefit programs and safety practices that offer improved emergency preparedness across a common culture without human resources drain or capital drain. The average cost per employee for the entire program was less than $2 per employee per year over a 5 year period (the costs drop to pennies per employee after that).
Will they ever get a return on this minimal investment? Well, is saving even one life enough of a return? One employee shared a story of an event that occurred at their office, “An employee was walking by a tax partner’s office when she saw him slumped over his desk. It looked like he was sleeping so the co-worker went into his office and found him unresponsive. The co-worker immediately initiated the Emergency Response Plan (ERP) and an AED was retrieved by a tax secretary. The secretary used the AED and revived the tax partner (shock was advised by the AED) while someone else called 911. The tax partner was very fit and in good shape so it was a surprise to everyone when they found out he had a cardiac arrest. The tax partner survived thanks to the AED machine and the quick action by the employees. The paramedics and doctors said the partner would likely have not have survived, if the defibrillator had not been used at the office and they had waited for EMS to arrive.”
In choosing Think Safe the above medical-related first aid emergency could be addressed. However, Think Safe was picked as the provider of choice because they offered a unique, innovative, simple & user-friendly, and affordable AED and first aid program solution for other emergencies that might occur at the workplace. Think Safe is the manufacturer and patent owner of the First Voice Emergency Instruction Device (EID) and this “first aid tablet” can guide employees through any major or minor first aid emergency and giving reminders or when to: call 911, check scene safety, use personal protection, provide treatment and how to or what not to do, and what to do after the incident or during for record keeping.
Each client location implemented the following First Voice equipment and services (see picture):
AED in carrying case with adult 4 yr pads, 4 yr battery and full 10 year warranty
Alarmed AED wall-mounted cabinet (helps aid in notification of AED use; response needed when alarm sounds)
“V-shaped” Wall sign (8×10” faces) for above AED cabinet to help improve visibility of AED location from any angle
Tamper Evident AED Fast Response Scissors/Razor Kit with use instructions
Laminated AED Use Protocols (attached to AED case for easy reference during AED use)
Think Safe’s Patented First Voice Emergency Instruction Device (EID) (automated first aid tablet, http://www.think-safe.com/FirstVoice/EmergencyInstructionDevice/tabid/285/Default.aspx)
50 Person OSHA/ANSI Compliant First Aid Kit with Pocket Refill System (comes with tamper-evident seals)
To ensure legal protection and ongoing program compliance Think Safe also provided the following services:
Online & Blended Certified Training for CPR/First Aid/BBP (ILCOR/ECC/AHA/Red Cross/National First Aid Science compliant) that comes with Course Completion Tracking & Includes Refresher Training & Tracking
Training DVD or online training link for “Brand of preference” AED picked (HR Dept keeps this DVD and uses corporate key code for free AED training to provide any new employees or for use at employee meetings as a refresher training tool)
Site Administrator Tool Kit to include all AED Program Communication Tools (AED Site Assessment assistance (where to put AED), Company-wide AED information distribution & Email notice templates, CPR/AED posters, AED policy template, Emergency Response Plan (ERP) documents & integration, EMS Notification/Registration, “AED Equipped” location stickers to remind employees of AED location inside office, inspection tag system, AED location thumbnail decals for evacuation/exit charts at facilities, Free AED prescription, and more…)
Online First Voice Manager AED Program Management Software for Auto Notification Reminders, Tracking & Reporting on AED consumables (pads, battery) and any first aid or other safety program supplies or training www.firstvoicemanager.com (works on any mobile device or PC with internet access)
Mobile compatible AED Inspection Tool with Continual 24/7 AED Maintenance Log Redundancy & Backup (proves AED was maintained if there is an incident involving use and someone does not survive; legal protection)
State/Local AED Owner Civil Liability Immunity Law Compliance & AED Program Medical Director Oversight, as needed
Equipment Recall Advice, Guidance and Warranty Servicing
Free AED Post-Event Review Technical Support & Incident Assistance
Free replacement pads/battery after any AED use event
Phone Technical Support or Online Technical Support
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