With so many different exercise programs existing today, it is becoming increasingly more possible for individuals to overexert themselves in a fitness setting. Being prepared to spring into action in the event of an emergency at the gym, in a fitness class, or even simply walking down the street, can be the difference between a life or death situation. There are different steps to follow in these situations, whether you are trained or not. To figure out what you can do to be prepared in the event of a peer collapsing during your workout, follow these helpful tips. Please note that if an individual collapses and is unresponsive, 911 should be called immediately, before anything else is done.
- Safety of the scene- First and foremost, you should check if the scene is safe to approach. In a gym setting, check that there is no loose equipment that could put you in harm’s way before approaching. In any other setting, your own safety takes precedent when helping others. If the scene is not safe, call 911 immediately and keep a safe distance. If the scene is safe, proceed to the following tips.
- Check responsiveness of the victim- If the individual is not alert, call 911 immediately. Following this, ask someone close by to locate the AED (automated external defibrillator).
- Spring into action- If the victim is unresponsive, CPR will need to be administered until the AED or paramedics arrive on the scene.
Many people are afraid to being CPR because they may not be trained or they may not want to administer mouth to mouth breaths with a stranger. Having the knowledge of how to handle an emergency situation can put any individual at ease. Premier Health and Safety offers CPR/AED and First Aid certification courses in Orange County and Murrieta. If you are located elsewhere, visit the American Red Cross website to locate classes near you.
Now you may be wondering how to recognize whether or not someone is going into cardiac arrest during a workout, out in public, or in your home. The following signs can help identify if someone is having a medical emergency.
- Sudden fainting or collapsing
- Failure to breathe
- No detected pulse
- Twitching muscles
If someone collapses in front of you and demonstrates any of these signs, make sure to follow the steps above, as they can help save a life! Both yourself and others around you can be proactive in preventing such occurrences. If you or someone you know is experiencing chest pain, difficulty breathing, or overall heightened fatigue during workouts, do not push yourself. Contact your doctor, as these may be warning signs of a cardiac emergency.
When it comes to heart health and exercise, the best thing you can do is listen to your body’s warning signs, and educate yourself on what to do in the event of an emergency! Remember to visit our website to sign up for a CPR/AED and First Aid class near you.