Melinda sent a message to Doug McMillon – President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart Stores, Inc. – Email Address that said:
Good Morning, Mr. Mc Million, this my third attempt to speak with you directly. My received correspondence from some of your employees, however I would like to communicate with you. I am a CPR First Aid Instructor, who not only is a committed customer of Wal-Mart, but I was also a previous employee at Wal-Mart. I live in Florida and was very shocked and concern to learn that the employees at Wal-Mart are not CPR First Aid trained. I spoke to 20 stores within the surrounding area that I live in which is 3 counties and none of them are trained. I spoke to Store manager, assist manager and department managers and all of them wanted the training, however they would have to get approval from the district manager. In the bible, the Lord says, "We perish from a lack of knowledge." First Aid at work injuries and illnesses kill about 2.2 million people in the world each year. Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in the United States for individuals younger 44 years of age. On a average, 15 workers dies each day in the U.S from traumatic injuries and more than 4 million workers suffer a nonfatal injury or illness each year. Safe practices at work can prevent many injuries, illnesses each year. Safe practices at work can prevent many injuries, illnesses, and deaths. However, once injury or sudden illness has occurred, and effective first aid can make the difference between: rapid or prolonged recovery, temporary or permanent disability, life or death. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), defines first aid as "emergency care provided fir injury or sudden illness before professional emergency medical treatment becomes available. It is important for companies and organizations to implement AED programs so employees are prepared to respond to a cardiac arrest emergency. Placing AED's key locations and making sure employees are trained to use them can mean the difference between life and death. Implementing and maintaining an AED program requires an ongoing commitment. Training in the correct of the AED needs to be current consistent, and convenient for potential rescuers. Also important is ensuring people are aware the devices are available and cannot be accurately measured in fiscal terms. It is difficult to put a price to the life saving potential AED programs providers. AEDs (Automatic External Defribrillators ) are designed to be simple to operate. Voice, lights and screen instructions guide an operator in using the device. All states have passed what are known as "Good Samaritan Law," to help encourage bystanders to assist those in need. These laws help protect anyone who: Voluntarily provides assistance, without expecting or accepting compensation, is reasonable and prudent, does not provide care beyond the training and is not "grossly negligent" or completely careless, in delivering emergency care. This training can be put in your policy and procedures, employees can take this as a pre-hire training, which can be taking out of their paycheck. Training is good for 2 years. Favor Minded Inc., is prepared to provide training onsite. I was informed by one of your employees at Wal-mart has the Code White Procedure, which is not preparing your employees for any accident/incident. that may occur with staff or customers. It only takes 10 minutes before your brain becomes Brain Dead without oxygen. Calling EMS is important, but what can you do to assist the person in distress until EMS arrives. We are living a world who will file a law suit, the Good Samaritan Law will protect. As an instructor I know the importance if having this training and saving lives is important. I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.