Why AED Machines Are Gym Essentials

We all know how important it is to stay healthy and keep fit. And one of the best ways to achieve this is by going to the gym and fitness centres which both play an important role in supporting the mental and physical well-being of the masses. While these fitness places feature safe equipment, professionals who will be able to offer advice, and it is not common for people to get injured or suffer from an adverse medical event such as a sudden cardiac arrest at a gym, one can never be too careful. After all, the gym is the place where we exert our bodies more than we usually would. And given that approximately a thousand Singaporeans die from sudden cardiac arrests annually, it’s important for gyms to have staff who are trained in emergency first response and have access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Not only will gym goers feel at ease knowing there are staff members who are trained in emergency first response and can perform standard first aid and AED training, but it could also save a life. 

Here are three reasons why your gym or fitness centre needs an AED: 

1. Strenuous Workouts Increase the Risk of SCA

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death in Singapore and can happen to anyone at any time – even people who are seemingly healthy and fit. In fact, the number of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases in Singapore increased to 3,432 in 2020. While about 80% of SCA happens because of coronary heart disease and the chances of experiencing SCA at the gym are relatively low, strenuous workouts and overexertion can increase the risk of SCA — this is especially so for high-risk individuals with risk factors for heart problems like obesity, diabetes and hypertension. In such cases, having an AED machine on hand can help ensure that gym goers can get the treatment they need as quickly as possible in the event of SCA. 

2. Trained Staff Can Help Save Lives 

When someone suffers from SCA, oxygenated blood stops flowing to vital organs like the heart and the brain, making the fast action of bystanders critical to the survival of the individual. Simply waiting for the first responders to arrive will not guarantee the survival of the individual. As such, gyms that have personnel with CPR and AED training are investing in the safety of their customers. Not only will they be able toprovide standard first aid in the event of an injury, but they will also be able to use the AED properly in the event of SCA. Having this kind of training also helps to reduce the amount of time it takes to respond to a medical emergency. The quick response time and availability of an AED can be a lifesaver for customers who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest. With a fast response time and successful resuscitation, the customer’s chances of survival are significantly increased. 

At HTM Medico, we offer both standard first aid and AED certification courses that are specifically designed to equip you with the lifesaving skills and confidence to respond to cardiac emergencies. Our courses are accredited by the Singapore Resuscitation and First Aid Council (SRFAC) and will be valid for two years.

3. Quick Access to AEDs Can Increase Survival Chances

In many cases, quick access to an AED can mean the difference between life and death. When someone experiences SCA, time is of the essence; every minute that goes by without treatment reduces their chances of survival greatly. This is why it’s so important for gyms and fitness centres to have an AED machine on hand at all times. At HTM Medico, we offer a variety of AED machines that are specifically designed to save lives, even in gyms and fitness centres. Our range of AED machines includes the Heartsine AED and LifePak CR2 Defibrillator. With our wide selection of AED machines, you can ensure that you are prepared for any eventuality. Just ensure that there is staff who are trained in emergency first response and can respond quickly and efficiently. They should be equipped with the knowledge to assess the situation and be able to administer life-saving treatments such as CPR or use an automated external defibrillator (AED) that has been installed in your gym or facility. 

Buy AED Machines at HTM Medico

As you can see, there are many good reasons why your gym or fitness centre needs to buy an AED machine. Since quick access to an AED can mean the difference between life and death, it’s important to make sure that yours is easily accessible and in good working condition at all times. 

At HTM Medico, we have high-quality AEDs for sale as well as standard first aid and AED certification courses designed specifically for gyms and fitness centres. Enhance safety measures by buying portable AEDs or send your staff for first aid and AED training with us. We’re here to help you create a safe environment for your members so that they can focus on reaching their fitness goals. Feel free to contact us at (65) 6744-5911 or sales@htmmedico.com.sg to learn more about our CPR + AED Certification course in Singapore and AED machines and take the necessary precautions to keep your gym-goers safe and secure while using your facilities.