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Emergency University, FAA to Discuss Corporate WorkSafe™ Program that Increases SCA Response Rates from 2 to 100 Percent at National Safety Council Congress and Expo Session Sept. 15

Saving Lives with "Emerging Trends in Successful Sudden Cardiac Arrest Response Programs" to be Presented by FAA Manager Employee Safety/Health Services Holloway, EU Medical Directory Braun.

September 11, 2014 – Redwood City, Calif. – Health and safety professionals attending the 2014 National Safety Council Congress and Expo (Sept. 13-17, San Diego) can learn how and why to implement Worksafe™, a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) response program used by the FAA, Google, Procter & Gamble, the US Department of the Treasury, Zynga and others. WorkSafe™ ensures SCA victims who collapse at work receive an effective and rapid response – CPR and attachment of an automated external defibrillator (AED) – 100 percent of the time. The presentation takes place on Sept. 15 during Session 23 titled " Emerging Trends in Successful Sudden Cardiac Arrest Response Programs, and will be led by FAA Manager of Employee Safety and Health Services Dr. Tom Holloway, along with Emergency University's Medical Director Dr. Odelia Braun and Training Director Frank Poliafico, RN . The presenters will:

  • Clarify why traditional AED/PAD (public access to defibrillation) programs don’t work – including that only two percent of SCA victims receive an effective response, therefore severely decreasing the chance of survival
  • Address the cultural, emotional and organizational barriers that typically impede SCA response
  • Discuss the benefits of implementing a proven SCA response program in lieu of a traditional AED/PAD program
  • Explain how Worksafe™ is used to train 20,000 FAA employees at 198 locations nationwide

Additional evidence of WorkSafe’s success is detailed in a case study recounting an incident in which an American Airlines pilot was saved by two FAA inspectors.

“Traditional PAD or AED programs tend to emphasize AED maintenance and very basic training, without preparing people to save lives. Considering that one American collapses of sudden cardiac arrest every two minutes, it is imperative corporations and government agencies use a proven SCA response program that trains people to reach victims within the four-minute survival window. WorkSafe does just that,” said Braun.

During the presentation, Dr. Braun will also demonstrate EU Alert!, Emergency University’s patented smartphone app provided to all employees at organizations using the WorkSafe™ program. When a bystander discovers an SCA victim, they use the app to immediately alert trained responders in the facility and pinpoint the exact location of the closest operational AED. A video demonstration of the app is available at:

"Statistically, the most likely person to discover a cardiac arrest victim is an untrained bystander. With EU Alert!, every employee can play a vital role by using the app to summon trained internal responders. Since EU Alert! ensures 100% of SCA victims receive an effective emergency response and ultimately saves lives, we consider it the ‘missing link’ in the chain of survival," said Braun.

In addition to WorkSafe™, Emergency University was recently awarded two contracts for CPR/AED training from the Department of Homeland Security and Investigations and the Army Reserve 81st Regional Support Command (RSC). The Department of Homeland Security and Investigations contract includes nationwide CPR/AED/First Aid training. The Army Reserve 81st RSC contract includes CPR/AED training and management of approximately 300 AEDs located at more than 200 sites.

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Emergency University helps major corporations and government agencies develop effective internal emergency response plans - including comprehensive preparedness training, SCA response programs and advanced technologies. In 1989, Emergency University staff doubled SCA survival in San Francisco when they designed, launched, and tested the first large urban AED program in the US. Two years later their program methodology and recommendations were adopted by California's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as statewide guidelines for training, reporting and quality assurance in AED. Since then, the company has trained thousands of non-medical personnel at major corporations and government agencies such as Procter & Gamble, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Google, Zynga and many more. Emergency University trainees have won numerous awards including the "People Saving People" award from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Additional information is available at 1-866-AED-HELP


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