Florence, AZ (PRWEB) February 9, 2008
The Pinal Co. Superior Court (PCSC) house is a relatively new building in Florence, however it recently underwent a bit of upgrading. A Zoll Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was purchased and several security staff members as well as some office personnel were trained to use it.
In August of 2007, Stephanie Jordon at PCSC was approached by Michelle Allcott-Mills, who owns Safety On Site Training (SOST). The month prior, Allcott-Mills' company had been awarded the first-ever state contract in Arizona to provide Zoll AEDs to all state offices. Because of that, SOST can offer these amazing life-saving devices to county and city governments at the state contract price.
It didn't take much to sell Jordon on the idea of how important this addition could be and how great of an advantage this state contract price would present from a financial standpoint. She placed the order for an AED, extra electrode pads and a display cabinet with an alarm.
In the event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, there is a 70 percent better chance of saving the victim with an AED present than with CPR alone. Jordon recognized the importance of that and also the benefit of having the security staff, as well as her assistant trained to respond to cardiac events.
However, it didn't end with the purchase and installation of the equipment. According to AZ Law, when an AED is publicly accessible a written program and Medical Direction including oversight from a licensed physician, must be in place. Safety On Site Training offers this service, known as a Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program with Medical Direction from Dr. Brent Gear of Paradise Valley. Since a PAD program is required by law, using a company like SOST to oversee that program simplifies the process greatly, when compared to implementing a program of one's own design.
Allcott-Mills and Director of Operations at SOST, Beth Moser, have already done all of the legwork, keep up on the changing laws, recalls, updates, and all other AED-related information, which is constantly growing and changing.
"When a company purchases an AED and PAD program from us they can rest assured they have everything they need to be compliant with all current laws and OSHA requirements, the training needed to use the equipment and the confidence it takes to save a life if need be," said Moser. "There are also many 'extras' that our program offers, which our competitors do not, and more probably, cannot."
Those 'extras' include Critical Incident Stress Management, for which Allcott-Mills holds a Masters degree. If any of SOST's clients experience an event, and the employees involved feel the need to speak to a professional about their experience, a phone call to SOST fills that need.
PCSC's Jordon is even considering sending her assistant through the AHA instructor program at SOST, so that she can always be available to hold CPR classes for newly hired PCSC personnel. At the very least, others will be trained by SOST and know how to use the AED in the event of an emergency.
Allcott-Mills hopes other county offices in Arizona will follow the proactive example Pinal Co. has set. "It's important that we all work together to make all places where members of the public gather, as 'heart-safe' as possible and AEDs accomplish that," she said.
For more information on Safety On Site Training, AEDs, PAD programs and CPR/AED Training, the company has an informative and professionally designed web site at http://www.safetyonsitetraining.com.
Beth Moser can be reached at (520) 568-0285 (office) or (602) 315-3750, and can answer all AED questions.