A lot of excellent comments so far.
Prepared is always the key to survival. The further offshore/away from civilization you are, the better prepared you need to be. As we say – “Hope is not a plan”. It is amazing how many times the word “Hopefully” is used when discussing disaster or personal preparedness!
Many have asked about or discussed the value of AED’s. In this light, many I believe are concerned about a catastrophic cardiac event (AKA Full Arrest). Bottom line folks, the further you are from the dock and rapid transport, the lower your odds become. That’s a classic understatement if I’ve ever made one. AED’s are marvelous inventions that have saved many lives. However, I would argue that most “saves” are when they are a part of what they refer to as the “Chain of survival”. psneeld
articulated it quite well in Post 30. If you don’t have follow up to CPR/AED with rapid Advanced Life Support (ALS) “Paramedic” care, near-immediate transport to an acute care facility, and rapid (often invasive) intervention – the overall odds are often bleak.
So, what am I saying? Bottom line – you can buy an AED from Costco for under $1,200.00. (maybe elsewhere for less!) If you have the money and want to add it to your arsenal – go for it! Be prepared! I like BandB
’s approach to life.
Give yourself every bit of opportunity to make a difference. However, I wouldn’t beat myself up if I was spending my money on other critical stuff like radio’s, EPIRB’s or life rafts. The chances of needing, using and actually saving a life offshore solely based on having an AED are pretty small. That may make me a heretic to some. But that’s the "away from dock" reality IMHO.
Yes – learn CPR. But more importantly, learn advanced First Aid and take classes like wilderness medicine. There are a lot of emergencies - in addition to cardiac arrest - that you can
make a difference on. Carry a good medical kit. Here’s a cheap life saver: Aspirin. Its efficacy is so well documented for chest pain/cardiac issue callers that dispatchers are having certain/appropriate patients take it as part of pre-arrival instructions. (This is not medical advice. Learn when and why to administer prior to use
And I always advise - don’t wait to initiate the call for EMS/Rescue. You can ALWAYS cancel them. But wasted minutes are never regained.