As you may be aware, we recently began looking at AED (Defibrillator) replacements due to the fact that batteries are reaching their life expectancy. In the process, we learned that the units themselves are reaching their life expectancy (approx. 10 years). The research into options therefore went deeper out of necessity.
In our discovery work, we learned that no unit has ever been used per our inquiry into the field where the 50 units were placed over time. We also inquired with medical professionals in our membership for their opinion on the value of such devices. The consistent reply was:
- Assuming you are within reasonable distance to professional medical care, step 1 is to call 911.
- Having a capable person effectively deliver CPR for the duration required until medical assistance (EMTs) arrives is likely to be just as helpful.
- Conditions for proper use of the device leave some room for error (e.g. excessive chest hair, metal jewelry, implanted medical devices such as pacemakers), possibly impacting effectiveness.
When we take the above into consideration, it does not seem prudent to replace the devices. Therefore, the following is proposed. By this summer, an emergency plan template will be created to be used by each congregation. The plan will include a spot where a local member/minister can input a shortlist of emergency contact phone numbers for medical matters or matters that require law enforcement, fire protection, etc. It will also include a generic emergency evacuation section that can be customized for each building. This plan will be sent to each rector in file format for local editing.
We appreciate the care and diligence each congregation will provide to make this plan effective for each member. In the matter of the AED’s located in congregations, since their operation will no longer be guaranteed, it is recommended that they be disposed of in a proper manner per the requirements of your municipality.
Thank you for your understanding and attention to this matter.
Cool - I hope they look at fire extinguishers the same way next. It's so wasteful to have them checked, serviced, recharged and re-tagged every year when there's hardly ever (never?) been a fire in a NAC. Another way to save the widow's mite. I guess when you have the ear of God and the power of the Apostolate then you really don't need Tesla magic to restart a heart.