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I just saw an ad for the Philips Heart Start Home defibrilator. I think it is cool that we've reached the point of home defibrilation.

I am: intrigued
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chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: December 26th, 2003 06:07 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
But all I can think of is how it can be abused. Can people get off on defibrillation?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: December 26th, 2003 06:17 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
You do *NOT* want to shock a heart that is beating normally - you can disrupt the natural beating and stop the heart.

And if you want to play around with electricity there are cheaper ways, and dedicated stuff for fetishists like a Violet Wand or a TENS unit.
qedrakmar From: qedrakmar Date: December 27th, 2003 03:51 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
It doesn't have to be the heart. "When I shout CLEAR! take off your pants."

It reminds me, though, of watching the surgery channel with ym brother-in-law, back in high school. It took a good 5 minutes to figure out what the hell they were doing, which was only revealed when he said "and now we'll make the incision in the vas deferens". We cringed, and a mere moment later, as they panned up to the doctor's face, he looks at the camera and starts a sentence with "Now, when you do this..." at which point we both said, "when _I_ do this?!?!" Yeah, that's my story.
craigeagle From: craigeagle Date: December 26th, 2003 06:40 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
It is interesting that they DO require a prescription to get one of these in your home. Also I would think that a course in AED should be required. I took a CPR course with AED recently and it was well worth the money.
mephron From: mephron Date: December 26th, 2003 08:50 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
That'll get your heart started in the morning.

Which I suspect is the point.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: December 26th, 2003 11:11 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
They have one of those things at the information desk in the Bangor Mall. There are big signs at all the mall entrances informing patrons that an automatic defibrillator and oxygen are available at the information desk "for the use of emergency medical personnel and good Samaritans."

Which I find kind of intriguing, since it implies that anybody can just go up to the desk and say, "My grandfather is having a heart attack! Quick, gimme the defibrillator! CLEAR!!" without displaying any sort of credentials. (And why even mention emergency medical personnel in that case? One would imagine they would tend to have their own equipment with them, unless they're off-duty, in which case they're functioning in exactly the same capacity as the random citizen acting in the "good Samaritan" role... )