The most effective way to let your employees know about the AED or AEDs on-site is to provide them with AED/CPR training. During this training, they will learn how to perform effective CPR, what an AED is, and how to operate it. Providing AED/CPR training to your employees will also give them the confidence they need to remain calm under pressure and be able to provide the best care possible to a victim suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.
Along with training, an important part of any AED program is letting your employees know what to do during an emergency. It is critical to let your employees know the emergency plan and what their roles are so the situation can be handled quickly and effectively.
An easy way to make sure your employees are familiar with the AED is having infographics near the AED, and in common areas, that explain what an AED is, how to use it, and an overview of your response plan.
Issue a Communication
It goes without saying that unless you tell your employees about the new AED on-site, they won’t know! We recommend issuing a number of communications out to the team through your usual communication channels—whether that’s through a company-wide email, internal newsletter, Slack thread, or town hall meeting.
Your communication should outline the following:
- What the AED is and when it should be used
- Why the AED was purchased (employees will appreciate you want to keep them and patrons safe!)
- Where the AED is located
- Who on staff is trained in using the AED
- Who to contact if they see something wrong or have questions about the AED
Cardio Partners is the largest licensed training provider for the American Red Cross and a nationally certified training partner of the American Heart Association. If you want to get your employees trained in AEDs and CPR, we offer a full line of emergency response training courses to meet your needs.