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    :: Tuesday, July 05, 2005 ::

    Workplace lifesavers - By Dana Knight, Indianapolis Star
    As many as 15 percent of workplace fatalities are caused by cardiac arrest, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

    Survival issue
    'Survival in the workplace is so questionable without AEDs,' said Beverly Turner, senior regional manager for emergency cardiovascular care programs at the American Heart Association. 'If you're in a high-rise, it can depend on the elevator speed. If you're in a factory, how long does it take (medics) to find the victim once they get there?'

    Time is critical when it comes to cardiac arrest, which is a sudden and unexpected loss of heart function. And when it occurs somewhere other than a hospital, survival rates are extremely low, ranging from 1 percent to 5 percent.

    Survival rates decrease 10 percent for every minute defibrillation is delayed, according to the heart association. After 10 minutes, resuscitation attempts usually are futile.

    'A lot of workplaces are getting AEDs,' Turner said. 'A lot more need to.'
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