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Palo Alto's new tool targets cardiac arrest

Original post made on Aug 20, 2013

For victims of cardiac arrest, a minute of delay in emergency response can mean the difference between life and death. With that in mind, Palo Alto officials on Monday unveiled a plan to install defibrillators throughout the city and to train a small army of citizen responders on how to use the devices.

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Posted by Great, a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

Great news on the 52 defibrillators. But the article leaves out any mention of placing them at schools. Patch had a story that said:

"All school sites should receive the AEDs by June 2014."

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Posted by Stuart Berman, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 20, 2013 at 11:25 am

This is a great decision. I applaud the city for its decision.

Posted by Feel-Good-Decisions-Waste-Time-And-Money, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2013 at 11:30 am

This is another waste of time, and money.

There has been no evidence of people dying in local libraries, or parks, because of heart/respiration failures.

There simply is not excuse for this expenditure.

Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community
on Aug 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm

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Posted by Chris Ernst, a resident of Community Center
on Aug 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

When used within the first few minutes of sudden cardiac arrest, these devices are like a magical "come back to life" button. It's critical they they be installed in all Palo Alto schools

Posted by Think again, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 20, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I literally watched in horror as a man in his thirties collapsed, vomited, convulsed, and died while standing in the checkout line with his wife. no one could do anything because they had no defibrillator at the time. perhaps he could have been saved otherwise.

Posted by PA Firefighter, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Great job Palo Alto Police! The way that Fire Chief Nickel is cutting Firefighters staffing and eliminating fire units this week, we going to need these.

Posted by John, a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 21, 2013 at 9:17 am

Makes no sense. If minutes save lives than why are they reducing firefighter apparatus. They are now making the firefighters resources more slim and the extending the times that it will take for firefighters to help the community members. It's really sad because its the people in the community that it will end up hurting. Heart attacks, strokes, cardiac, etc....I hope nothing bad happens but eventually someone will die over these decisions to cut resources. With all the money in palo alto there is no reason for us to have bare bones fire department.