It is a busy Saturday morning at your fitness center. People of all ages are running on treadmills, lifting weights, taking classes and socializing in the locker room. It is a typical day until you hear these four dramatic words: “Help! He’s not breathing!” Bystanders then rush to a club member collapsed on the floor.
The abrupt loss of heart function is likely the result of a sudden cardiac arrest, an increasingly common health emergency that claims more than 400,000 American lives annually. Although the number is staggering, you and your staff can take steps to aid a sudden cardiac arrest victim if you act quickly.