Similar to fire extinguishers, defibrillators should not be locked away in a cupboard and should be easily accessible to everyone. Place your AED in visible, accessible places. Choose locations that increase the chances of getting the AED to the person having a sudden cardiac arrest in less than 3 minutes.
Conducting a site assessment of your workplace should be the first step when determining where to place your defibrillator. A site assessment offers your best glimpse into response times during an actual emergency situation. Time is critical when sudden cardiac arrest happens.
Start by identifying any “high risk” areas such as workspaces where there is a risk of electric shock or asphyxiation, any areas where health compromised individuals are present on a regular basis, or where there is a high volume of people.
Never place a defibrillator in offices or areas which may be locked while there are still workers in the building. Defibrillators should be accessible to all personnel at all times. Select an accessible and visible location and install clear signage.
CPR for Life can help you determine how many AEDs are recommended for your organisation and where to place them. If you would like one of our team members to contact you, click here and submit an enquiry or call us on 1300 316 551.