Monday, September 22, 2008

Automated External Defibrillator for Shooting Clubs

We were talking at the shoot about heart attacks.

I asked what the club would do if a shooter had one during a shoot or at practice?

Those at the club have only minutes to save a shooter with a full blown attack.

During the first ten minutes, saving the shooter is on the shoulders of those present. Medical response will be en route, but most clubs would be lucky to see a 15 minute EMT response, and that is only if a phone is available or the club has cell phone coverage.

Every club should have a Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

There is know reason to not have one...

Defibrillation is the only effective way to resuscitate a victim of ventricular fibrillation.

Ventricular fibrillation is dangerous because it cuts off blood supply to the brain and other vital organs.

EMT they will tell you your chances of saving a shooter in ventricular fibrillation are slim, unless you use an Automated External Defibrillator.

Unless defibrillation can be performed within the first few minutes after the onset of ventricular fibrillation, the chances for reviving the person (resuscitation) are very poor.

For every minute that goes by that a person remains in ventricular fibrillation and defibrillation is not provided, the chances of resuscitation drop by almost 10 percent. After 10 minutes, the chances of resuscitating a victim of cardiac arrest are near zero.

A quick price check shows the Defibtech Lifeline™ AED goes for $1,245 and it comes with a five year battery.

Higher price AED are available and as you can see, not all at unreasonable cost. If a club made it a goal to make such a purchase a priority, and made the need known to the general membership, I imagine an AED would be purchased within the year.

I've posted on the subject in the past and put up a page with information links on the subject, to include a link that shows the various laws in each state in regard to the use of an AED.

Automated External Defibrillator for Shooting Clubs

If you do nothing else, at least bring the subject up at the next club meeting...

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