LANCASTER, Ohio (December 9, 2013) – Fairfield Federal Savings and Loan recently was presented with the Heart Safe Business Accreditation, a project of the Snider Community Heart Watch at Fairfield Medical Center. Fairfield Federal is the second business in the nation to achieve this accreditation, which is granted to businesses that meet specific criteria designed to ensure the safety of customers and staff who may suffer sudden cardiac arrest.
“Fairfield Federal is proud of the 30 employees who have taken their personal time to take the classes needed to be certified in CPR,” said Judy Root, president of Fairfield Federal Savings and Loan. “This is a solemn responsibility which we all take very seriously.”
The employees at Fairfield Federal’s three locations - 111 East Main St., Lancaster; 1100 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster and 1515 Cross Creeks Boulevard, Pickerington - met the four criteria necessary to achieve accreditation. The criteria are as follows:
• All employees must receive a risk of sudden cardiac arrest self-assessment to attempt to identify those who may carry a higher risk of sudden cardiac arrest and to encourage those at risk to discuss their concerns with a physician.
• 100 percent of staff leadership must be trained in CPR and at least 25 percent of the workforce must also complete training.
• AEDs (automated external defibrillators) must be located throughout the building so that they are no farther than 90 seconds away from any location.
• Leadership and employees must develop and conduct medical emergency drills at least once per quarter. Drills include recognition of unresponsiveness, notification of EMS, implementation of CPR and utilization of an AED.
“With the extensive training that Fairfield Medical Center provided, we all feel that we will be well prepared in the event of a heart related issue at any of our three offices,” Root said. “In addition, the quarterly drills provided by FMC will keep us sharp and confident in the use of the AEDs and CPR, making us ready to help in any emergency, whether in our offices or in the community at large.”
This accreditation is made possible by the Fairfield Medical Center Gordon B. Snider Cardiovascular Institute and FMC’s Health and Wellness Services. Misty Newsome, manager of Health and Wellness Services, said by Fairfield Federal becoming a Heart Safe Business, it is providing a safer environment for its customers and employees.
“They are dedicated to being prepared in a medical emergency by performing quarterly emergency medical drills so they are able to respond rapidly and effectively in the case of a real emergency,” Newsome said.