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  • #16
    Re: Defibrillators for School

    Hi all,

    I'm curious about the school/defibrillator issue, but figured it didn't apply to me since i am an older graduate student rather than an elementary or high school student. If this is the case, then i'll apologize for butting in and won't worry about it. But since i've been having so many difficulties lately, and i do not as of yet have an ICD, i thought it couldn't hurt to ask...

    Given that i spend so much time on or near campus here, would you think it's a smart idea for me to at least ascertain if a defibrillator is available and where it is located? Would my instructors/advisors need to be trained in how to use it? If i ever did need it, wouldn't it seem more likely that trained paramedics will arrive on the scene long before anybody locates the on-campus defibrillator and/or quickly learns how to use it?

    Thanks for any input you have. I have not yet had any real difficulties with sustained arrhythmias, but the fact remains that my dad (with HCM) never had a documented arrhythmia in his life until he had the one that killed him in his fifties. Combined with my magical ever-increasing gradient and recent bouts of near-syncope, it is an issue that does concern me somewhat.

    Thanks again,

    Jim
    "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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    • #17
      Re: Defibrillators for School

      In my opinion it never hurts to ask questions.

      Reenie
      Reenie

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      Husband has HCM.
      3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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      • #18
        Re: Defibrillators for School

        Jim,

        It is a good thing to let your professors know what you are up against. I have found that most are very co-operative and want to help in any way they can. As a matter-of-fact it was my Hummanaties professor who called 911 for me last night. I got severe chest pain in the middle of lecture. She knew what was going on and was able to help me. If she hadn't known she probably would have totally freaked on me.

        As far as defibs go my community college has one and is normally carried around by security. They are normally the first to arrive on scene. In my instance the fire house is also right across the street so they were there fairly quick. So no Jim not a different question at all! We are students too and covered under the same protection.

        Your odd friend,
        Mary S.

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        • #19
          Re: Defibrillators for School

          Thank you Reenie and Mary,

          I guess just because i am an 'older' student, it doesn't mean that the topic is any less pertinent. I'll start checking into it

          Jim
          "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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          • #20
            Re: Defibrillators for School

            That's great news, I am so glad to hear that there is more schools gonna get defibrillators. I hope everything goes well for your family, good-luck!
            Jen

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            • #21
              Re: Defibrillators for School

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              Georgina Brewster (Georgie) RN, MBA
              Georgina Brewster, RN
              Duluth, MN

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