Re: automated defibrillators, again
From: Muriel Kranowski (
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:19:39 -0700 (PDT)
Yes, but people keep bringing AED up as something we should invest in. Statistics and probabilities don't seem to influence them as much as the idea that "we could save a life!!!"

I'd like our members to at least be aware of the financial commitment they'd be making.

At 05:42 PM 10/17/2013, you wrote:
> This is again being considered for our CH and I'd like to know what the
> annual maintenance costs are likely to be. Also, is it true that a unit
> will have to be replaced after 5 years?

I wrote on this before but -- We had a group who very much wanted this. In the end they decided against it because the training to use it and likelihood that you would use it properly were very low. They didn't ask the equipment manufacturer - they asked doctors and nurses. Even in hospitals they are not used properly all the time.

My personal reasoning has to do with statistics. They have to be used within a very few minutes in order to effective. If it is stored in the CH, how long will i take to realize that someone is having a heart attack and then get to the CH and back with the equipment and a person knows how to use it if you don't? Our CH is almost a block away from the other end of the community.

How likely is it that someone will be in the CH when having a heart attack?

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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