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tearinghair | 17:35 Wed 08th Aug 2018 | Health & Fitness
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Just been watching an item on the news about defibrillators. I have an Advance Decision in place, and would not want to be resuscitated if I had a heart attack in the street. But how would people know this, without opening my handbag and purse where I keep the basic information? Presumably they would be too busy following their instructions to spend time checking?

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I suppose you could get something like this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Personalised-Medical-Alert-Necklace-DNR-Do-Not-Resuscitate-/263431766027 You would have to make sure it is on quite a long chain and next to your skin so that when your clothes are pulled up whilst attaching the defib, it could be seen.
18:53 Wed 08th Aug 2018
you are right spungle, you don't have a choice....you MUST comply with someone's expressed wishes if you know what they are. You ideas and feelings, the people around you....all irrelevant.
No one outside of a medical facility is /should be deciding about whether to resuscitate or not.
I have an advance directive but it is primarily based around the idea that after a prolonged or delayed resus attempt the person saved may not be the person you were before because of the risk of brain damage. Even in a witnessed arrest outside a hospital setting with rapid response the chances of success are still pretty low so I accept that risk at my current stage in life. Should I be in a position where other health issues make a continued life less desirable I would go with the tattoo option. That shows significant commitment to the decision.
I haven`t been near a TV for several days but I heard on the radio today whilst driving that there is a campaign to get all of the defibs in the UK mapped so that the ambulance services can direct members of the public to the nearest one. I don`t know if the ambulance services would have access to DNR records of the patient. Does anyone know?
under current circs, I doubt it because records are still mainly paper and not digital. I do know from personal experience that paramedics are under the same rules as everyone else, which is that they must attempt resus unless they know the patient wishes otherwise.
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To be fair, you don't know my reasons for the decision and I don't propose to give them here. But I will follow the link for the necklace ( I don't like bracelets and anyway I take the point about it being visible more easily) and will probably get one. I do think training courses should encourage people to check if possible.
I wouldn`t worry about it too much if I were you. The chances of you needing CPR and a defib in the street are probably quite remote.
and sadly the chances of it's being effective are even more remote.
6% I think. Depends how soon you find the casualty
yup, also depends on the person's pre-existing health.
I would have thought that 6% is very generous...more like 2-3%.
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