Although BLS was excluded from 2019 revisions, its’ significance to the chain of survival and relevance to DA-CPR provisions warrants review. In Part 3, we recall AHA’s accepted steps and techniques for adult, child and infant Basic Life Support (BLS).
No need to lose sleep over the 2019 AHA guideline changes, which can’t compare to the 2015 phase out of the long-taught resuscitation method, ‘A-B-C’, and adoption of ‘C-A-B’. 2019 revisions aren’t going to rock the boat in the same way. Instead, they recommend first aid interventions not previously taught in certification courses. Also, emergency dispatcher instruction and guidance to 9-1-1 callers is outlined, with the intent of improving CPR quality and effectiveness.
If you’re a health and safety ‘pro’ in charge of workplace first aid programs or first responder teams, you’ll find all you need to know about the changes that were made to the AHA guidelines in 2019 in this 3-part series. First thing’s first: Which guidelines were updated? Which ones matter to health & safety professionals in industry? And what’s OSHA got to say about it?
It takes a high level of excellence and maintenance in the form of planning, research, workforce involvement and management commitment to continually improve the process from all levels of the organization. If there is no employee involvement and commitment from management at the very top, success is only superficial.
KPIs are not always perfect instruments of analysis and periodically require a review for effectiveness. When choosing a new safety KPI, or when reviewing the one(s) you have, keep in mind the most important aspect of a strong KPI: communication. An effective KPI is relevant to the audience and incites action.
One common issue in reactive cultures is a lack of employee engagement where management works in a silo. A process with the absence of “buy in” from the workforce is meaningless. The crux of safety is the human resource. How are employees involved? How are employees helping get in front of hazards?
Being proactive takes time, energy and intentionality. Before getting into the nuts and bolts, we’ll examine the difference between these two terms, define the problem and then look at potential solutions. Even when your resources are limited, there are ways to start and sustain proactivity.