Re: AED for common house
From: fergyb2 (
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:22:34 -0800 (PST)
       We have one here at Swans Market Cohousing, You also need to buy 
pediatric pads and encourage your members to take a basic first aid/CPR class 
so they will be appropriately trained. The fire depts as well as the red cross 
offer classes around here. The machine is easy to use and talks you through it 
but you should know CPR. It made sense as part of our emergency planning. We 
have a security and emergency Preparations Committee who recommended the 
purchase last year. Because we live in a high risk for major earthquake zone we 
tend to take the need to prepare for disasters fairly seriously.  We try to be 
prepared to be self sufficient and care for each other without outside help for 
a week or so.
               Bonnie Fergusson
               Swans Market Cohousing
                Oakland, CA
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On Nov 19, 2012, at 3:51 PM, Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah <welcome [at]> 

> Do any other groups have a heart defibrillator? We are hoping to get  
> one here at RoseWind (Port Townsend WA).
> Designed for use by the un-/or minimally-trained, the lunchbox-size  
> gizmo speaks aloud to you with instructions for dealing with sudden  
> cardiac arrest. Even with EMTs not far off, the extra minutes of blood  
> to the brain can save lives. It won't shock a beating heart (lest the  
> kids decide to play TV medic..) and state law protects Good Samaritan  
> situations, if the person dies anyway. Local fire department has grant- 
> funded free training for AED owners.
> AEDs are increasingly common, found in libraries, aquatic centers,  
> airports, schools, etc. We have many community events at our common  
> house, as well as use by our members, including seniors.
> Cost? We're looking at MedTronic/Physiotronic LifePak Express. List  
> $1300, plus tax, plus wall case, about $1700. The least expensive one  
> is a couple hundred less. Needs new battery pack every couple years @  
> $100.
> Have other groups gotten an AED? Any helpful thoughts or insights?
> Maraiah Lynn Nadeau
> where it's still mild enough to go out in just a sweater 
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