A life saved reminds us of the importance of proper training

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 by Brett Belau


Miron has many heroes in its ranks with one recently emerging. A group of employees were eating lunch in a break trailer at one of our project sites when one started choking. Due to the quick response of one of Miron’s team members, this individual’s life was saved. After seeing the employee slump over in his chair, his coworker jumped up and performed the Heimlich maneuver 3-4 times before successfully clearing the blockage from the individual’s throat. For our entire company, this brought to light, once again, the importance of 1st Aid/CPR/AED training. That said, we decided it was important to share a few interesting facts about this topic.

Did you know…

  • The Heimlich maneuver can be performed on infants, children, adults, and also on yourself.
  • Most people who perform 1st Aid/CPR end up performing it on a family member. Many people believe that a coworker or even a stranger would end up performing or needing CPR, but statistics prove that one is most likely perform it on a family member.
  • That more than 800,000 people will have their first heart attack this year and another 470,000 will have subsequent heart attacks.
  • That approximately 3.3% of adults have allergic reactions to insect stings and up to 100 people will die annually from these. Would you know what to watch for and do if someone was having an allergic reaction? You receive this type of training in 1st Aid/CPR classes.
  • Chest compressions compared to breaths while performing CPR are 30/2. If you are thinking it’s still 15 you probably haven’t received training very recently. It is recommended that you undergo 1st Aid/CPR training every 2 years. It is one of the only types of training that you hope you never have to use but are extremely happy to have when faced with performing it.
  • Miron has in-house certified trainers and has trained more than 400 people in the past few years.
  • All of Miron’s project sites have someone trained in 1stAid/CPR on them.
  • The only way you are ensured to know the outcome of what happens when someone’s heart stops beating is if you do absolutely nothing. Performing CPR and using an AED does not automatically change the outcome, but it does provide the person in duress with a chance at life. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather be trained to give someone that chance than stand around not knowing what to do.

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