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Court: NY gyms don't have to use defibrillators

Posted at: 02/07/2013 2:28 PM
By: Associated Press

While state law requires New York health clubs to have defibrillators and train staff to use them, they aren't required to use them when a patron goes down.
    
That's the ruling of New York's top court in the 2007 death of Gregory Miglino Sr., who collapsed in cardiac arrest at a Long Island health club owned by Bally Total Fitness of Greater New York.
    
Gym staff called 911, broadcast an in-house request for anyone with medical training and brought the club's defibrillator to Miglino's side, where a trainer detected breathing and a pulse but didn't use it.
    
A doctor and medical student began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, paramedics arrived and shocked Miglino, but he died.
    
The Court of Appeals says Thursday a negligence lawsuit can proceed but the gym's duty is limited.