There are roughly 6.7 thousand health and fitness clubs in the United Kingdom with approximately 9.7 million members. That’s a huge footfall. When you also consider the fact that athletes and sportspeople are up to three times more likely to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, having a defibrillator at your gym where people could be partaking in strenuous exercise seems like a no brainer.
Many gyms have already made the decision to get lifesaving defibrillators installed - has yours? It’s vital that you have this lifesaving device on hand should you need it, and although you don’t need to be trained to use it, it does help to ensure your staff are familiar with how to use it so that they feel as confident as they possibly can be to step in and save a life if someone suffers a cardiac arrest at the gym.
Some statistics on physical activity
According to the UK government, from November 2018 to November 2019, 63.3% of people in England aged 16 and over were ‘physically active’ – they did 150 minutes or more of moderate intensity physical activity a week.
Overall, people became less physically active the older they were – 74.1% of people aged 16 to 24 years were physically active, compared with 40.5% of people aged 75 years and over
Physical activity has been shown to reduce the likelihood of suffering a number of diseases, but sudden cardiac arrest can still occur to anyone of any age. The more defibrillators that are readily accessible, the better the chances of survival.
Keeping fit is an important part of maintaining a healthy heart and lifestyle. Exercise helps to improve your cardiovascular fitness, making your heart stronger and more efficient. But the likelihood of suffering a cardiac arrest doesn’t come down to your lifestyle choices or diet.
Unfortunately, a cardiac arrest doesn’t discriminate and can happen to anyone of any age, anywhere. Cardiac arrests also happen with no warning and sometimes without even any symptoms. You may have heard of sportspeople like Fabrice Muamba, David Ginola and James Taylor who all had cardiac arrests and fortunately survived. Athletes and sportspeople are up to three times more likely to suffer a cardiac arrest, which is why it’s so important that a defibrillator is available and that CPR becomes a widely known skill.
Effective CPR and the use of a defibrillator are the only treatments for cardiac arrest, and the quicker you can act, the better. If treatment isn’t given within the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, chances of resuscitation becomes unlikely.
We are working hard to ensure that all public places are within easy reach of a defibrillator and that includes gyms.
Apply for a community defibrillator today