|Defibrillator in the Common House||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Thomas Lofft (tloffthotmail.com)|
|Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2018 12:57:20 -0700 (PDT)|
Karolyn Mangeot wrote: We have a proposal to buy a fully automatic defibrillator Zoll AED Plus for our common house. Questions: 1. Does any community currently have a defibrillator? 2. Are there liability insurance issues we need to consider? 3. How do you deal with people who have a Do Not Resuscitate order? 4. Anything else we should know? Thanks! Karolyn Mangeot Elderberry Cohousing >From Liberty Village, MD, Maryland's 1st Cohousing Community since 1998: Our Top Dog Cohousing Burning Soul, Merlin Porter-Borden, was hit here in the community with a heart attack in 2004. The 911 team came from 1 mile away at the VFD but could not resuscitate him and we lost him at about age 66, way too soon. Within the next year, we opted to get an AED on site and have periodic refresher training. One of our experienced RN members has taken personal charge of seeing that we conduct occasional training, get pads and batteries refreshed as needed, and put it in the community budget when needed. Very fortunately, we have never needed to use it in the last 14 years, but life is what happens when we're busy making other plans. It sits on the wall near the Common House entry and everyone? (Well, lots of us) know where it is, but admittedly, I do not believe we include this critical information in orientation to new members like new tenants in rentals. Periodically - (maybe not often enough, but our meeting agenda is always backed up) - we have a refresher demo to remind us how to use it, and instructions are attached to it, and one of our resident RN's is responsible for keeping it serviced. We would respect the wishes of DNR members, however that info is not commonly available. We have been considering encouraging members to submit personal info to a community registry, and have initiated an Aging In Community team but the registry so far as I know is still inactive, so in the unlikely event that they collapsed in the CH, I agree with others, we would probably act first and check later. If anyone has an attack elsewhere in the community, the AED can be taken to the victim and used directly. It is automated and gives vocal automated instructions which are easy to follow if the attendant is listening instead of panicking. Tom Lofft Liberty Village, MD, Maryland's 1st Cohousing Community since 1998
- Defibrillator in the Common House Thomas Lofft, June 24 2018
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