http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123543325221454001.html Today's Wall Street Journal (Feb 24, 2009) has a report on the prevalence or lack thereof of Automated External Defribrolators (AEDs) in hotels, and is worth reading. Maybe you've seen these gizmos at various public locations: libraries, post offices, even gymnasiums. Their purpose is to allow an untrained person to shock a person whose heart has stopped back into what's called "sinus" rythym. I am told that they are almost foolproof, meaning that they will not work when they are not supposed to, on a person whose heart is not stopped, for example.
According to the article Marriott, Hilton Hotels Corp. and Best Western did not disclose the number of their hotels with these machines.
Legal concerns are the most common reason given for not wanting to comment. Regardless, let's hope that someone has one of these on a hotel property and has been trained to use it just in case.
Might be a good thing to ask about when you check in?