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Screening, staffing, and emergency preparedness at worksite wellness facilities


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MORREY, M. A., S. B. FINNIE, D. D. HENSRUD, and B. A. WARREN. Screening, staffing, and emergency preparedness at worksite wellness facilities. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 239–244, 2002.

Purpose: The purpose of this survey was to examine compliance of worksite health and fitness facilities with the American Heart Association/American College of Sports Medicine (AHA/ACSM) recommendations for cardiovascular screening, staffing, and emergency policies for health and fitness facilities.

Methods: A survey was developed and sent to 529 worksite health and fitness facilities.

Results: A total of 221 surveys were returned (42% response rate). Twelve percent of facilities had no staff supervision. Among facilities with staff, 12% were not certified in basic life support, and 6% had no national professional certification. Ninety-two percent of facilities followed a health history screening policy although 13% of these facilities administered it irregularly or not at all. Of a total 187 responding facilities, 122 (65%) defined “at risk” as two or more risk factors for heart disease. Of these, 97% either required or recommended new members obtain physician clearance before participation. Four (3%) responding facilities did not require physician clearance. Twenty-five percent of facilities experienced at least one emergency that required ambulance support in the previous year.

Conclusion: Although this was a low response rate, most responding worksite health and fitness facilities appear to be in compliance with the AHA/ACSM recommendations yet have inconsistencies in some specific practices. There appears to be a need for further consistent implementation of these recommendations into worksite settings.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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