Keep Your Holidays Happy and Healthy with Sudden Cardiac Arrest Protection

With the holiday season in full swing, business owners, managers, and employees alike are hanging festive decorations throughout the office and toasting another year of hard work. However, as they host a company party or buy gifts for employees, many businesses are not prepared for the leading cause of death in the United States—sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

As they enjoy holiday cocktails with their team, organizational leaders may want to consider giving employees the gift that keeps on giving—a safer work environment. The infographic Keeping Your Holidays Happy & Healthy with Sudden Cardiac Arrest Protection compares the holiday habits of businesses nationwide to organizational preparedness for SCA and provides some informative statistics. A few facts include:

  • 91 percent of U.S. companies will have holiday parties in 2013, while only 3.5 percent have on-site AEDs.
  • Companies spend nearly $6,000 on holiday parties and employee gifts per every 50 employees, which is more than five times the cost of cardiac emergency response program implementation.
  • 44.9 percent of Americans shop on Black Friday each year, while only 2.4 percent of Americans are trained annually in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • SCA programs cost less than a holiday tree ornament or a dreidel—approximately $3 per day.

With more than 350,000 Americans experiencing SCA annually, gifting employees with the tools and training needed to handle an SCA emergency—readily available automated external defibrillators and CPR training—can ensure that "the most wonderful time of the year" lasts long past the holiday season.

John Ehinger is the CEO of CardioReady, a suburban Philadelphia company that offers organizations turnkey preparedness and training solutions aimed at improving survival from sudden cardiac arrest. For more information, visit

Posted by John Ehinger on Dec 23, 2013