Re: AED in Common House
From: davidbygott [at] (
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 06:22:32 -0800 (PST)
We have an AED in our common house, though have fortunately never had to use 
it. I think the rationale for having it there was partly that the CH is a 
semi-public place where we often have large gatherings of non-residents, as 
well as our own meetings, dinners and parties. An unspoken subtext could be the 
stress induced by the monthly community meeting, though improved facilitation 
training has greatly reduced that :) Also, response time from our local 
hospital is at least 10 minutes, time enough that the AED might make a 

A modern AED is designed to be used by people with little or no experience, and 
the machine talks you through the procedure. I think it's a good idea to have 
one, mounted on the wall in a prominent place, with periodic 'refreshers' to 
remind people where it is, when & how to use it, and to replace batteries.

David Bygott
Milagro Cohousing, Tucson AZ

On Nov 19, 2012, at 6:51 PM, Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah <welcome [at]> 
>> Do any other groups have a heart defibrillator? We are hoping to get  
>> one here at RoseWind (Port Townsend WA).

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