Heart Safe at TGen
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a life-threatening emergency that causes the heart to stop beating. It is characterized by irregular heartbeats known as arrhythmia that cannot efficiently circulate vitally important oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. The brain cannot survive without oxygen before permanent brain damage occurs, ultimately leading to death within a few minutes. The only treatment for out-of-hospital SCA is prompt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/automated external defibrillator (AED) therapy, and survival largely depends on the intervention of bystanders. SCA has a 10% survival rate, and it comprises 15% of workplace deaths. The goal of this project was to create a training program to enable employees to act in the event of a cardiac emergency which will sequentially help TGen gain recognition as a HEART Safe business. The heart safe training program was created on TGen Academy, a Learning Management System (LMS), through the usage of programs such as PowerPoint, Venngage, and iMovie. Information for the course content was collected by conducting a literature and web review. The training includes information about SCA, CPR, and AEDs, instructional videos for performing CPR and using an AED, and strategically placed games to maximize retention. Advertising through video boards and the creation and distribution of posters was pivotal in informing employees about this training program and encouraging employees to intervene in an SCA situation. Manikins were purchased for optional hands-on training purposes and heart-shaped stress balls will be used as an incentive for completing the course. The Heart Safe at TGen training is currently available with over 250 employees enrolled. The next step is to have the majority of employees complete this important training. The establishment of an effective heart safe training program promotes a safer work environment and empowers employees to support the wider community by applying their lifesaving knowledge outside the walls of TGen.