NEW YORK-Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) have saved six lives at Town Sports International (TSI) clubs since AEDs were installed 18 months ago in all 141 TSI club locations, the company reported. TSI clubs go under the brand names New York Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs, Washington Sports Clubs and Philadelphia Sports Clubs. Employees received training in how to use the AEDs.

Members have been saved in all four cities that TSI operates in. In each case that the AED was put into use, the victim regained a normal heart rhythm before emergency medical services arrived at the sports club. TSI honored all of the trainers who have taken the initiative to save a life in April at their annual High Impact Awards.

"TSI is proud of our trainers who have become heroes by using the Philips AEDs and saving the lives of our members," said Randy Stephen, TSI's COO. "Having AEDs in the gym is only the first step to safety. Having trained, dedicated personnel who are ready and willing to use AEDs properly makes this program a success."

Many U.S. states have passed or implemented legislation making AEDs mandatory in a number of public places, including health clubs. TSI completed its deployment before it became mandatory for health clubs in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC to have a defibrillator available.