Altoona Regional Partnership for Workplace Safety

Altoona Regional Health System and Altoona Pipe and Steel Co. recently collaborated to combat the potential for sudden cardiac death in the workplace through the training of employees in the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and CPR.

"Altoona Regional is pleased and encouraged by Altoona Pipe and Steel's commitment to the health and safety of its workforce," said R. Scott Magley, M.D., senior vice president/chair of Emergency Medicine. "Early CPR and defibrillation within the first 3-5 minutes of collapse, plus early advanced care, can result in a greater than 50 percent long-term survival rate. AED's combined with CPR work."

Dr. Magley facilitated Altoona Pipe and Steel's purchase of five defibrillators. Regulations require a physician's order for such a purchase.

Altoona Regional's Education department is providing the American Heart Association's Heartsaver AED course, which includes CPR and AED instruction, to 35-40 employees..

"We're very excited about this," said Joel Hollander, president of Altoona Pipe and Steel. "We're trying to create a safer workplace for all of our employees. And, we hope it's the start of a wonderful relationship with the hospital in educating our employees in developing a healthier lifestyle."

Sudden cardiac death from coronary heart disease occurs over 900 times per day in the United States. And, sudden cardiac death accounts for 330,000 deaths each year among U.S. adults, according to the American Heart Association.

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