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Presence and use of automated external defibrillators in occupational setting, Belgium

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Objectives: Few studies focus on out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the occupational setting. Therefore, this study describes the presence and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) at Belgian workplaces during the period 2012-2014. Material and Methods: A self-constructed questionnaire was developed and sent to internal prevention counselors. Results: In total, 767 companies filled out the questionnaire. An AED was available in 48.8% of the companies. Presence mainly depended on the number of persons present in the company (both workers and non-workers (e.g., visitors, clients)) and on some occupational cardiovascular risks but was often not based on a well-conducted risk analysis. Training of workers and AED maintenance were provided appropriately. An AED was used for shocking 23 times of which 10 persons survived. Conclusions: Acquiring an AED in the occupational setting is seldom based on a well-conducted risk analysis. Therefore, instructions and criteria are needed to come to a rational decision. Furthermore, a registry on AED utilization in the workplace (e.g., with data on long-term survival) should be set up.
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Emergency medicine, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Automated external defibrillators, AED, Occupational health, Out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest, HOSPITAL CARDIAC-ARREST, RESUSCITATION COUNCIL GUIDELINES, WORKPLACE, SURVIVAL

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Verbrugghe, Mathieu et al. “Presence and Use of Automated External Defibrillators in Occupational Setting, Belgium.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH 31.5 (2018): 603–611. Print.
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Verbrugghe, M., De Ridder, M., Kalaai, M., Mortelmans, K., Calle, P., & Braeckman, L. (2018). Presence and use of automated external defibrillators in occupational setting, Belgium. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, 31(5), 603–611.
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Verbrugghe, Mathieu, Maurits De Ridder, Mouloud Kalaai, Katrien Mortelmans, Paul Calle, and Lutgart Braeckman. 2018. “Presence and Use of Automated External Defibrillators in Occupational Setting, Belgium.” International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health 31 (5): 603–611.
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Verbrugghe, Mathieu, Maurits De Ridder, Mouloud Kalaai, Katrien Mortelmans, Paul Calle, and Lutgart Braeckman. 2018. “Presence and Use of Automated External Defibrillators in Occupational Setting, Belgium.” International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health 31 (5): 603–611.
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Verbrugghe M, De Ridder M, Kalaai M, Mortelmans K, Calle P, Braeckman L. Presence and use of automated external defibrillators in occupational setting, Belgium. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH. 2018;31(5):603–11.
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M. Verbrugghe, M. De Ridder, M. Kalaai, K. Mortelmans, P. Calle, and L. Braeckman, “Presence and use of automated external defibrillators in occupational setting, Belgium,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 603–611, 2018.
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  abstract     = {Objectives: Few studies focus on out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the occupational setting. Therefore, this study describes the presence and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) at Belgian workplaces during the period 2012-2014.
Material and Methods: A self-constructed questionnaire was developed and sent to internal prevention counselors.
Results: In total, 767 companies filled out the questionnaire. An AED was available in 48.8% of the companies. Presence mainly depended on the number of persons present in the company (both workers and non-workers (e.g., visitors, clients)) and on some occupational cardiovascular risks but was often not based on a well-conducted risk analysis. Training of workers and AED maintenance were provided appropriately. An AED was used for shocking 23 times of which 10 persons survived.
Conclusions: Acquiring an AED in the occupational setting is seldom based on a well-conducted risk analysis. Therefore, instructions and criteria are needed to come to a rational decision. Furthermore, a registry on AED utilization in the workplace (e.g., with data on long-term survival) should be set up.},
  author       = {Verbrugghe, Mathieu and De Ridder, Maurits and Kalaai, Mouloud and Mortelmans, Katrien and Calle, Paul and Braeckman, Lutgart},
  issn         = {1232-1087},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH},
  keywords     = {Emergency medicine,Cardiopulmonary resuscitation,Automated external defibrillators,AED,Occupational health,Out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest,HOSPITAL CARDIAC-ARREST,RESUSCITATION COUNCIL GUIDELINES,WORKPLACE,SURVIVAL},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {603--611},
  title        = {Presence and use of automated external defibrillators in occupational setting, Belgium},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.13075/ijomeh.1896.01169},
  volume       = {31},
  year         = {2018},
}

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