Defibrillators & Fitness Centers

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:33 by admin
An automated external defibrillator (AED) installed in a health clinic can mean the difference between life and death if a patron suddenly undergoes cardiac arrest. Due to liability issues, many gyms across the country refuse to acquire defibrillators, fearing a lawsuit if the device is used incorrectly. Unfortunately, physicians warn that many people are unaware they are suffering from heart disease and will partake in strenuous exercise programs that may trigger a heart attack during a workout.

In today's age, as maintaining proper health has become so important, gym memberships are on the rise. In fact, one of the fastest growing age groups joining health clubs is those over the age of 55, persons most likely to suffer a heart attack during a workout. While gym managers say lawsuits are a deterrence for installing the devices, statistics indicate that most litigation involving AEDs centers on their absence from health clubs. It is estimated that a cardiac arrest victim's chance of survival decreases by as mush as 10 percent for every minute without defibrillation.

The American Heart Association has issued multiple statements urging fitness centers to install defibrillators. Interest groups say defibrillators installed in airports and casinos have saved dozens of cardiac arrest victims' lives.

See your doctor if you have suffered a severe injury because of your health club's lack of medical equipment or lack of proper medical training for its employees. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Fitness Center Liability: Overview
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