Facility Management: Why CPR Certification is Important for Your Employees
While many businesses offer health and safety training, health clubs and gyms are required to provide automated external defibrillators (AED) and CPR training for their employees. With more than 250,000 Americans deaths from sudden cardiac arrest per year, it is incredibly important that your facility offer CPR and AED certification. Today, Sports Facility Management will discuss how to get your employees properly trained and certified for CPR and AED use, as well as the benefits that come with proper preparation.
Why CPR Certification and AED Placement is Important
With the rising amount of deaths from cardiac arrest, it is more important than ever to ensure that your staff is properly prepared to administer assistance. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that nearly 100,000 lives could be saved with AED placement in highly populated areas. With the increased risk of cardiac arrest at health and sports facilities, preparing your staff for a potential emergency can save lives.
CPR training helps your employees to feel more confident in their ability to assist a person who has experienced cardiac arrest. The AHA recommends CPR be administered as soon as possible and AED within the first 10 minutes of an attack, proper training will help your employees react quickly and efficiently. Facility management should schedule regular training updates and implement CPR and AED training into new employee training as soon as possible.
How to Get Your Staff Properly Trained
Your first step to ensuring your team receives training in CPR and AED use is to decide on the method of training you want to offer. A certified CPR trainer can be contracted from a number of organizations to visit your facility and provide training to your employees. This method tends to be more expensive, but you guarantee that your employees get hands-on training from an expert.
Some facility management teams prefer online training instead of an onsite trainer. There are multiple benefits to this method. First, your employees have the flexibility to perform their certification during downtime. As many sports facilities employ part-time employees, it can be difficult to schedule an on-site training that fits each of your employee’s availability. However, online training does not provide the hands-on training of a trainer.
One compromise between the two above methods is having a full-time employee certified as a CPR trainer. This method may cost a bit more than the previous methods, but it gives your facility management team the quality hands-on training of an on-site training. In addition, your team has the flexibility to schedule training sessions that work for part-time employee availability.
Contact Sports Facility Management for More Information
If you are interested in more information about managing a sports facility, contact Sports Facility Management today. Our experts have helped sports facilities meet their potential all over the country. If you would like to learn more, contact us today at 727-877-1791.