Bath gym staff trained to save lives
Staff at a Bath gym have been trained to save lives with the installation of two defibrillators.
The YMCA gym in Broad Street Place applied for a grant from the British Heart Foundation to fund the machines, one for the gym and one for the hostel upstairs.
Paramedic Andy Willcox held a training session to show staff how to use the machines, which deliver a controlled electric shock through the heart to stop its quivering and enable it to beat normally again.
Manager Mick Rose said: "We have a lot of people who use the gym quite intensely, and thought it would be a good idea to have the defibrillator here just in case. It can save lives if someone suffers a heart attack.
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"All our staff are being trained to use it, but really it is very simple."
The machines can also be taken on to the street.
Mr Rose said: "We are now the port of call if anyone in the Milsom Street area has a heart attack, and will be letting the nearby businesses know."
If a patient is defibrillated within the first three minutes of them collapsing from a heart attack, they have a 75 per cent chance of survival.
For every one-minute delay in delivering a shock the chance of survival decreases by ten per cent.