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Emergency University Gives Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victims a Fighting Chance:
American Society of Safety Engineers (San Jose Chapter) Learns How Worksafe Program Increases SCA Response Rates from Two to 100 Percent

Life-Saving Approach to AED Program Management Can Quadruple SCA Victims' Chance of Survival

October 9, 2014 – Redwood City, Calif. – Emergency University, Medical Director Dr. Odelia Braun will discuss a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) response program that quadruples victims' chance of survival at The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Greater San Jose Chapter luncheon meeting on October 14 in Santa Clara, Calif. Dr Braun's presentation, Emergency Response: The Difference between Life and Death in the Workplace," will illustrate how Worksafe™ and other Emergency University programs ensure that 100 percent of SCA victims receive an effective response, thus maximizing their chance of survival.

“SCA victims who receive bystander CPR and a shock from an AED within the first four minutes after collapse quadruple their chance of survival. Sadly, research shows that only two percent of SCA victims receive an effective response. Emergency University’s Worksafe™ program ensures that 100 percent of victims receive bystander CPR and the attachment of an AED. By incorporating behavioral science principles, we properly prepare people to be ‘willing’ responders and give SCA victims a fighting chance,” said Dr. Braun.

Traditional PAD/AED programs often emphasize AED maintenance and basic training, but do not focus on preparing people to respond. For corporations and government agencies looking to enhance their organization’s safety culture, the purchasing decision must focus on the effectiveness of the response program and properly preparing responders.

Worksafe™ is currently used by the Federal Aviation Administration, Levi Strauss, Procter & Gamble, Zynga and many others. Additional evidence of the program's success is detailed in a case study recounting an incident in which an American Airlines pilot was saved by two FAA inspectors.

About Emergency University

Emergency University partners with major corporations and government agencies develop effective internal emergency response systems nationwide - including comprehensive preparedness training, SCA response programs and early notification technologies. In 1989, Emergency University staff tripled 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 AED training, reporting and quality assurance. Since then, the company has trained thousands of employees at major corporations and government agencies such as CSX, Cisco, US Geologic Society, 81st USARC, Norfolk Southern, and others. 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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