By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) is thankful this season for two team members whose quick thinking saved the life of a colleague.
Discovering an unconscious colleague in a conference room, the first IEHP team member sprang into action and quickly applied CPR. Recognizing the first team member applying CPR was growing tired, a second IEHP team member jumped in to assist, continuing CPR until an automated external defibrillator (AED) was applied to the unconscious team member.
“We learned CPR in a training offered to team members at IEHP,” said one team member. “In the class, they really stressed the actions taken in the initial minutes of an emergency are critical and can save lives. We also learned it is our responsibility to perform CPR on anyone who needs it. I’m just glad our coworker is going to be okay,” the team member added.
IEHP provides AED devices throughout the building, while also proactively offering CPR classes to the IEHP Employee Emergency Response Team (EERT). This ensures team members are able to respond to emergency situations appropriately.
“It is important for an organization to establish a dedicated emergency response team trained in current lifesaving methods. The skills learned through this training are transferrable to other situations, outside of the organization. By equipping team members with these skills, we are also equipping communities with people who are prepared to respond to emergencies appropriately. We are very fortunate to do that,” said IEHP CEO Jarrod McNaughton.
This Thanksgiving, IEHP continues to be grateful for all of its team members, members, providers and the community.