2YH: AED training can make all the difference when responding to an emergency

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Many public places nowadays have an automatic external defibrillator or AED, but knowing how to actually use one can mean the difference between life and death. When it comes to saving a life, timing is everything.

First aid, CPR and AED training at the Food Bank of Alaska.

Carlos Machuca is the Training Center Director for Safety, Inc. He spends time educating people and businesses on the importance of being prepared in case of an emergency, especially in the workplace.

"There's a lot of traffic forklift and things like that, accidents can happen, also there's a lot of people that come here and do a lot of physical work so it's susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest," said Machuca said during a training at the Food Bank of Alaska.

The three and a half hour course goes over everything from knowing what do if you find someone unconscious, how to open an airway, practicing CPR, using an AED and more.

"I think it's very important that everybody has some type of action plan at their worksite and also a good idea of the response time to their site, depending on the response time is how much training you're going to need really," he said.

It's classroom-style learning, then hands-on experience.

"I have a lot of people tell me after they took my class like two or three weeks later they had an incident you know and they helped out," said Machuca.

According to the National Safety Council, sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death among adults older than 40. For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival goes down by about 10 percent.

"They're very easy, they all have lights, they all have voice you know, but in case of emergency sometimes you know you're not thinking straight so if you're trained on that specific model, if you know the procedure, if you have an action plan then it becomes easier. You'll be a little bit more calm and able to respond to that emergency," he said.

If your business wants training on how to use an AED, Machuca said 5 or more people need to be available for him to come to the location for training.

There's also individual training every Friday at 9 a.m. at Safety, Inc. It's located at 3710 Woodland Drive, Suite 1500 in Anchorage.

To schedule training with Carlos, call (907) 272-3389. You can also email him at cmachuca@safetyzee.com.

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