Fwd: Automated External Defibrillator
From: Chris ScottHanson (cscotthansonmac.com)
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:31:57 -0700 (PDT)
The response below is from Leckey Harrison, an EMT himself and resident in our 
community.  I thought his opinion on this topic was interesting and valuable. 

Chris ScottHanson
(206) 601-7802
www.urbancohousingassociates.com

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Leckey Harrison <leckey [at] whidbey.com>
> Date: October 17, 2014 at 10:04:01 AM CST
> To: 'Chris ScottHanson' <cscotthanson [at] mac.com>
> Subject: RE: [C-L]_ Automated External Defibrillator
> 
> Hi Chris,
> 
> I typically recommend them. It’s true that only 1% of the population dies 
> from a sudden cardiac event. However, if an AED is administered with the 
> first 5 minutes after that event, the odds are 50/50 of survival. Every 
> minute beyond the 5, and the odds go down 10% for every minute. If the 
> ambulance or MERV unit AED is 10 minutes out, then the odds are almost nil, 
> depending on the type of event it is. Ventricular fibrillation is the most 
> common type of event, and the AED is a great tool for that. Otherwise, manual 
> CPR.
>  
> Part of my argument is that having one around creates a level of relaxation, 
> knowing that there is help very nearby. Relaxation of the nerves and blood 
> vessels and muscles of the heart goes a long way in helping the body 
> re-establish allostasis, all other things being equal, which I know they 
> aren’t. It isn’t bad PR either, for our guests or our neighbors, knowing that 
> we have the technology and know how to use it. And if in the process it 
> increases our awareness of healthier choices in our lives because we don’t 
> want to be the patient, than more power to it. That seems like a good 
> investment to me.
>  
> Leckey
>  
> From: Chris ScottHanson [mailto:cscotthanson [at] mac.com] 
> Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 9:18 PM
> To: leckey [at] whidbey.com, 
> Subject: Fwd: [C-L]_ Automated External Defibrillator
>  
> Leckey
>  
> Do you have an opinion or recommendation about this question re: AEDs?
> 
> Chris ScottHanson
> (206) 601-7802
> www.urbancohousingassociates.com
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> From: John Beutler <jabeutler [at] comcast.net>
> Date: October 16, 2014 at 7:59:52 PM CST
> To: "cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org" <cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org>
> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Automated External Defibrillator
> Reply-To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org
> 
> 
> Hi Muriel:
> 
> We bought one about 10 years ago and have kept it up to date. Luckily we have 
> not had to really use it but we did get it out for a bad case of heartburn.
> 
> Cheers
> 
> JAB
> Liberty Village
> 
> 
> Sent from my tricorder
> 
> 
> On Oct 16, 2014, at 9:24 PM, Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at] vt.edu> wrote:
>  
>  
> I asked the below question in 2007 and got 2 responses, not enough data to be 
> useful. We ended up not buying one at that time. The issue has come up again 
> and I'm hoping for more info this time.
>  
> Have other communities bought an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) for 
> your Common House?  We're currently discussing buying one; it would cost 
> $1,500.
>  
> I'd be interested to hear of your experiences with this device and whether 
> the decision to purchase was easy to make or controversial, or if any groups 
> decided not to purchase an AED (after considering it) and why. Thanks!
>  
>  Muriel
>  Shadowlake Village Cohousing
>  Blacksburg, VA  
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