|Re: Question re defibrillator & Warning about EMS||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Eris Weaver (eriserisweaver.info)|
|Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2018 15:30:40 -0700 (PDT)|
We have an AED here at FrogSong, and a very active Emergency Preparedness committee with ongoing training, drills, etc. (You may remember that we had major fires here back in October, and of course we're in earthquake country.) I am an Emergency Medical Responder and a member of the Sheriff's Search & Rescue Team. The previous commenters are all accurate about the Good Samaritan laws covering lay people practicing CPR, using the AED, etc. They cover me when I am off-duty; when I am on-duty I am expected to practice under the protocols of my agency. (Which in practice means that so far I haven't treated anything but hypothermia, as there are people on my team with more advanced training & certification than I have.) My thoughts about AEDs and Advance Directives and DNRs.... As an individual, if I had a DNR I would want it to be honored. As a first responder...unless that DNR document is IN MY HAND, I am duty-bound to administer aid. And that aid has to happen FAST - in a manner of minutes. You have a cardiac arrest, I am not going to waste time looking for that DNR or the piece of paper in the Common House...plus, what if you CHANGED YOUR ADVANCE DIRECTIVE since the last time that paper was updated? The situation is a little different if you are in a care facility, with terminal illness or dementia, have filed a DNR which the staff should be aware of - then those staff should not call EMS. If EMS is called, they are DUTY BOUND TO TREAT. (There was an interesting article online recently about someone who actually had "DNR" TATTOOED ON THEIR CHEST and the ER staff decision to resuscitate.) _____________________________________________________________ Eris Weaver, Graphic Facilitator & Group Process Consultant eris [at] erisweaver.info • 707-338-8589 • http://www.erisweaver.info “On days when you have no ideas at all, the best thing you can do is start doodling.” Charles M. Schulz fa cil i tāt: to make easier
Re: Question re defibrillator & Warning about EMS Sharon Villines, June 23 2018
- Re: Question re defibrillator & Warning about EMS Eris Weaver, June 23 2018
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