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Life Saved at Medical Fitness Association member facility, Elmwood Fitness Center

Friday, October 26, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephanie Marquart
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The following was submitted by Michael Heim, manager at Elmwood Fitness Center in New Orleans. Elmwood is a family fitness center that is approximately 165,000 square foot facility offering programming for 6 week old children to adult seniors. They have been serving their community for 24 years and have over 20,000 members. He hopes this story will inspire other facilities to attain an AED machine.

Today, I would like share a life saving story that myself and 3 other employees wereinvolvedwith on August 25th.

Elmwood was hosting a racquetball tournament within our facility where members and nonmembers are able to participate. I personally was dropping off my daughter for a swim lesson when I saw Heather (Manager on duty) run to the front desk. Asking the racquetball director what's going on. He stated someone collapsed in court 4.

I rushed over to court 4 where a manager on duty was giving breaths and a fitness consultant was giving compressions. I asked the consultant if he needed a break, he did! I started giving compressions and we shocked the man twice with an AED machine. After the 2nd set of 5 rounds of compressions the EMTs arrived to take the patient to Ochsner Health Systems, our parent company where he was in open heart surgery within 30 minutes.

The emergency doctors stated, "the employees who administer CPR, saved this man's life".

I am happy to say, he is alive and recovering nicely. He is the 3rd person whom we as an organization have saved by using CPR/AED machine. Elmwood was the first facility in the state to have an AED machine on site and now we have 2.

I hope this story inspires other facilities to attain an AED machine.

In health and fitness,

Michael Heim

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