Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, so it's important to be prepared. AEDs (automated external defibrillators) can be the difference between life and death, which is why many states have legislation requiring them in fitness centers. Having an AED on site, fitness center staff can quickly respond to sudden cardiac arrest and increase the victim's chance of survival. In fact, for every minute that passes without defibrillation, the victim's chance of survival decreases by 7-10%.
If you operate a fitness center, click on your state below to see if you are required to have an AED at your fitness center. Even if your state doesn't require it, having an AED available can give your members peace of mind knowing they are in safe hands in an emergency.