QUICK-thinking Impulse Leisure staff from Blackshots Leisure Centre saved the life of a customer this week after he collapsed in the gym. The fast actions of staff as well as their training in the use of defibrillators were vital in preventing the death of the casualty, said the paramedics.
The gentleman was training with fitness instructor Annette Williams. Approximately 40 minutes into the session, he collapsed on the piece of equipment he was working on.
Duty managers Matthew Paxman and Gemma Cadby arrived on the scene and seeing that the gentleman was not breathing immediately began to administer CPR with help from off-duty fitness instructor David Prescott, who was working out in the gym at the time. The team used the defibrillator twice before emergency services arrived and took over.
By the time the paramedics left the building to take the customer to hospital, he was awake and talking. According to the paramedics, the gentleman had suffered a heart attack, and the actions of the Impulse Leisure staff, together with the use of a defibrillator, had saved his life. They suggested that he would go on to make a full recovery.
“The paramedics were full of praise for how the team performed; their actions undoubtedly saved the gentleman’s life. All of our centres are equipped with defibrillators and our staff regularly undergo training to know how to use them in emergency situations of this kind. We are hugely proud of the team and all wish the gentleman a speedy recovery,” said Jack Donovan, manager of Blackshots Leisure Centre.