Re: Fwd: Automated External Defibrillator
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 05:30:31 -0700 (PDT)
Hello all — 

We considered purchasing an AED.  A team looked at all the costs/benefits, etc. 
 In the end, the issue was:  where would the AED live?  If in the CH, and the 
heart attack occurred at the edge of the community would we be able to use the 
device w/in the first 5 mins?  Would everyone in the community be “certified” 
or “approved” to use the device?  How would we get everyone trained?  If a few 
people are trained what happens when all of them happen to be away as is often 
the case in the summer and at holidays when most people are gone?

Because we’re a very urban community, we felt the EMS folks could reach us w/in 
the allotted 5 mins.  Of course, that was our thinking BEFORE it came to light 
that our EMS system has some really BIG holes in it.

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church VA

On Oct 17, 2014, at 3:31 PM, Chris ScottHanson <cscotthanson [at]> 

> 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
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Leckey Harrison <leckey [at]>
>> Date: October 17, 2014 at 10:04:01 AM CST
>> To: 'Chris ScottHanson' <cscotthanson [at]>
>> 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


>> Lecky,
>> Do you have an opinion or recommendation about this question re: AEDs?
>> Chris ScottHanson
>> (206) 601-7802

>> 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

>> On Oct 16, 2014, at 9:24 PM, Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at]> wrote:
>> Have other communities bought an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) for 
>> your Common House?  We're currently discussing buying one; it would cost 
>> $1,500.
>> Muriel
>> Shadowlake Village Cohousing
>> Blacksburg, VA  
>> _________________________________________________________________

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