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post #9 of Old 04-19-2004
RichH
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I disagree.
For a known/documented cardiac patient, early defibrilation is the BEST method of ''salvage'' from ventricular fibrilation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Yes, there should be immediate drug/therapy followup; but, in an extreme situation such as being far offshore if needed the AED is probably the ONLY (%) means of recovering such a person. For an otherwise ''healthy'' person who experiences VF/VT, sometimes (just sometimes) ALL thats needed is the AED.

If you just want to hang an AED ''on the wall'' in case ''someone'' ... ... ... then your money is probably better spent on "prevention" and a complete cardiac analysis before ever leaving the dock.
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