Automatic External Defibrillators
While we have yet to have any formal training with them, the last couple of times that Rebecca and I have undergone CPR training we have been exposed to AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators). Thinking that it might be a good thing to have on a charter boat that deals with customers of unknown health, I posted a question about AEDs the other day on our Facebook page. The almost unanimous support for the idea didn’t really surprise me. What I did find rather amazing was how many people had first-hand experience using the units to save lives! The American Red Cross seems to support the idea…
The American Red Cross supports the position that improved training and access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year. The Red Cross believes that all Americans should be within four minutes of an AED and someone trained to use it.
While not inexpensive, perhaps we should invest in one, and of course get some training in their usage. I believe that Jeffrey and Karen from Active Captain have one on board their trawler. Anyone else have one on a boat?