Sometimes, a personal experience is a catalyst for taking action.  

A few months ago, Post Acute Medical’s President and CEO, Anthony Misitano, had such an experience.

While traveling, he and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Adam Burick, found themselves face-to-face with a life or death emergency. They responded, and helped save a man’s life.

The experience prompted our CEO, who goes by Tony, to do several things. He re-committed to making sure that every one of his team members – from the corporate office to the hospital level –  has the training and skills needed to help during an emergency.

He also wrote about his experience and the need for all businesses to make sure their associates have this vital training. That article, “Why Companies Should Train Workers to Respond to Emergencies, was published in EHS Today.

As Tony wrote:

My own experience at the airport solidified for me just how important it is that everyone, including every one of my workers, has the training and skills they need to help during an emergency. I’m not alone in my thinking in the healthcare industry. Emergencies occur so often in family practice offices (about once a year, according to this article published on American Family Physician) that the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) has created a best practices guide for doctors (also in the article.)

I think this sort of training easily can be overlooked in the health industry. In a clinic, hospital or skilled care facility there are plenty of doctors and nurses available, right? But think how few of the staff, overall, have actual medical training. The administrative support, environmental services and social workers are all part of the team, and might be the person closest at hand if a visitor or patient has an episode.

It’s exciting to have the article published, but it’s even more satisfying to know that the message that emergency response training is important is reaching a wide audience.

For the full story, and tips on training, follow this link.