Re: automated defibrillators, again
From: John Beutler (
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:05:19 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Muriel:

At Liberty Village we've had one for 8 or 9 years. The only maintenance cost is to replace the batteries every few years. We've been lucky in not having to use it, though we did have one event that seemed like it might be a heart attack, but wasn't. Price tag sounds about right. Ours has lived in my foyer, which is a bit more central to the community. We have a bunch of nurses in the community so training has not been much of an issue - every so often we have an update.



On 10/17/2013 4:51 PM, Muriel Kranowski wrote:
I've been looking in the archives - this topic came up in 2007 and again
last November. From last year's set of messages it seemed that 4 or 5
communities had an AED in their common house, but probably there are more
who didn't write in.

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?

My impression is that initial costs would be between around $1500 and $2000
depending on how many extra cables, batteries, pads, and whatever else you
purchase along with the basic unit, but this is easier to find out than
overall life-cycle costs that we'd need to budget for.

I'd appreciate any cost info anyone may have. Thanks!
     Shadowlake Village Cohousing, Blacksburg, VA

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