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Connelly Law Staff Receive CPR and AED Training

Connelly Law Staff Receive CPR and AED Training

By Don Drake, Connelly Law Offices, Ltd.

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Attorney RJ Connelly III

This week, the employees of Connelly Law underwent a comprehensive life-saving training program. The training provided an additional level of safety for all staff and clients by covering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the Heimlich maneuver, and instructions on how to use the newly installed automated external defibrillator (AED) machine. The AED machine is now integral to the office's first aid tools.

"Cardiac arrest is a life-threatening medical emergency that occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating and can cause a severe disruption in the flow of blood and oxygen to the body's vital organs, which can lead to brain damage, organ failure, and even death," stated professional fiduciary and certified elder law Attorney RJ Connelly III. "An estimated 10,000 people experience this alarming event in their workplace each year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The first few minutes after a cardiac arrest are crucial, as the availability of immediate emergency support can be the determining factor in the chances of survival."

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Attorney Connelly practicing his CPR skills

"Although installing an AED machine and teaching CPR to our staff seems like a logical choice for an elder law attorney's office, cardiac arrest can happen to anyone," stated Attorney Connelly. "While the risk of such events increases with age, and they are rare in those younger than thirty, younger people can suffer from genetic arrhythmias, problems with the structure of the heart or coronary arteries, heart inflammation, and substance use. Therefore, it is essential to have a staff trained in CPR and AED for any business that provides services to the public."

During the AED training session, the staff members were taught the fundamental skills of using an AED and the emergency response protocols for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The training aimed to equip the staff with the necessary expertise and confidence to respond promptly and efficiently to emergencies.

The AED training encompassed various crucial elements, such as identifying the telltale signs and symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest, activating the emergency response system, administering CPR, handling an AED correctly, including the proper placement of pads, and operation of the device.

The Importance of Employee Training

Companies can take a variety of steps to enhance the survival rates of individuals suffering from cardiac arrest and to ensure that the workforce is well-prepared to respond to such situations. One of the most critical steps is to provide CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) certification training to all employees and provide periodic refresher courses.

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Attorney Connelly and David Paull, trainer

Research suggests that individuals are more likely to survive cardiac arrest if they receive CPR from a bystander within a few minutes of its occurrence. Unfortunately, many cardiac arrest victims do not receive the necessary care in time. Often, those nearby lack the knowledge and confidence to respond appropriately. By facilitating AED and CPR training, organizations can equip their employees with the necessary skills to act promptly when someone goes into cardiac arrest, potentially saving the lives of their co-workers or loved ones.

Companies do not need to spend significant money or time on basic training as most instructor-led courses only take half a workday. Facilitating AED and CPR training is simple, but the effects can be profound. Investing in employee training can create a safer work environment and, more importantly, save lives in the process.

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AED unit at Connelly Law

Training employees in cardiac arrest response can significantly impact the chances of saving someone's life. With every passing minute, the survival rate of a cardiac arrest victim decreases by 7-10%. Therefore, employers must invest in bystander CPR and AED training to equip their staff with life-saving skills.

"Although the return on investment from this type of training might not be measurable in terms of dollars and cents, the value of saving just one life is priceless," stated Attorney Connelly. "I'm confident that our firm's provision of comprehensive training for our staff will significantly contribute to creating a work environment that prioritizes safety and security. In addition, taking this initiative will foster a keen sense of community and responsibility among our team members, which will continue to promote a culture of excellence and professionalism in our offices."

A Final Word

Attorney Connelly shared positive feedback on the CPR training session conducted by David Paull, an experienced first responder, firefighter, and certified American Heart Association CPR Instructor. "Mr. Paull's training was exceptional, and he showed remarkable command over the subject matter, thanks to his extensive experience and professional work. He also shared a wealth of insightful information from his experiences, making the training session more engaging and interactive. Mr. Paull's training techniques were effective, keeping the class fast-paced and providing clear explanations and practical examples, making the staff feel more confident and prepared to handle emergencies. The staff members expressed similar feelings and were happy with the training session's quality and content."

For those interested in contacting Mr. Paull for such workplace training, he can be reached at (401) 252-9232 or through his email at

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