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Family Health: Defibrillators Save Lives

How having an essential tool on hand can help save lives at gyms and workout centers.
Little Rock, AR -- Having an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) In places where people exert themselves, saves lives.

University of Wisconsin researchers looked at more than eight hundred sudden cardiac arrests occurring in public facilities over a twelve year period.

They broke down the locations of these incidents into three groups, a traditional exercise facility such as a gym.. 
A non-traditional exercise facility such as a bowling alley or community center and non exercising facilities. 

Meldon says, "We know two things make a difference in survival from cardiac arrest. Early, effective CPR and early defibrillation. We have public access defibrillators but we need to know where to put them so that's the key to this study, now we can look at alternate sites to place access defibrillators." 

More than three-quarters of the sudden cardiac arrests happened during exercise. Survival rates were highest at the gym. Researchers believe it's due to the placement of AED's at these facilities. 


Dr. Meldon says "The findings point to the need for better placement of a-e-d's throughout all types of buildings. 
"ou should look at these places you go, especially the non traditional exercise places and see if they have aed's. Is the staff trained in cpr? That may be something to talk to the management about and that may be a very valuable investment." 

Findings appear in the "Journal of the American College of Cardiology." 

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