Runners Carrying Defibs

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16/04/2013 at 11:30

Save the money and make everyone have a medical or ECG prior to the event like you have to for certain races on the continent. One a year would probably do and gives you a certificate to enter races for that year....would it stop incidents like the lad that over hydrated the other year at VLM...no, might it pick up all those with odd heart rythum...maybe.

 

16/04/2013 at 11:33
Naive comment of the year. Doesn't matter how much it costs if it saved one life a year(worldwide)
16/04/2013 at 13:31

The odds of dying in a marathon are something like 100,000 to 1. So possibly there are other places you could put a defibrillator that would be more likely to save lives.

The BHF provides defibrillators for community use so maybe you should contact them as a starting point.

Edited: 16/04/2013 at 13:32
17/04/2013 at 16:23

I don't agree that it " Doesn't matter how much it costs if it saved one life a year(worldwide)".

Spending millions to save one life a year is a very limited benefit, and if you spend millions saving one life, then it has to come from other areas thereby depriving other people of benefit (and possibly having their lives saved).

 

 

17/04/2013 at 16:28

As for carrying around something that weighs a kilo - no thanks.

At most races there seems to be a St John Ambulance or two around - won't they have a defib, and the expertise to use it?

Edited: 17/04/2013 at 16:30
17/04/2013 at 16:40
Wilkie wrote (see)

As for carrying around something that weighs a kilo - no thanks.

At most races there seems to be a St John Ambulance or two around - won't they have a defib, and the expertise to use it?

You would hope so; and of course their chances of survival could be increased if a first aid trained bystander is 'on the chest' doing CPR.... knowledge weighs nothing!

17/04/2013 at 21:22
seren nos wrote (see)

but AG.....surely someone can't use them on themselves.so not sure why you give them to individuals

 

Same reasoning as carrying an epi pen - you hope someone lese would apply it to you if the need arose. But I don't think it's feasible - no-one runs a marathon who THINKS they're likely to keel over!


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