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At that price I think I'd sooner die

I've been seeing those commercials on tv for the Phillips home defibrillator and was curious enough to check it out. I was intrigued that they were choosing to sell it through amazon as opposed to direct mail or through some sort of hospital/clinic. I can't imagine most people would know how to really use one of these things short of watching old reruns of ER. Not to mention that I could see kids playing with it by shocking one another for shits and giggles. Anyway, I went to the website to took a look and found the damn thing costs $1,300! Holy crap. That seems a bit pricey for a glorified cattle prod, no? I'm not quite sure the average human life is worth 1,300. Maybe they should think about selling a home kit for $50 where it'll tell you how to hook someone's nipples up to a car battery and accomplish the same thing.

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sweetseadragon
Mar. 30th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
The unit has audio directions that are very concise and easy to understand.
sweetseadragon
Mar. 30th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
They come with instructions that should be easy enough for the average idiot to understand. They don't look anything like what is shown on television.

Also, the battery needs to be replaced once a year and that runs about $500.
jirel
Mar. 30th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
They put those up at work (before I went on disability). I suggested they teach a few people to use them but they didn't seem interested. I was actually glad to see them as the guy in the cubicle next to me had already had one heart attack and was fairly stressed and having chest pains at the time. (He's okay now).
jirel
Mar. 30th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, and not to forget that I have unofficially had a 'silent heart attack'. At least, when the heart doctor says either your EKG has always been that way or you've had a slight heart attack, and I KNOW my EKG used to be fine; I assume that's what happened. The EKG stayed abnormal for about 3 years (every time I had to get one they would send me back to the heart doctor) but slowly healed and now is normal again.
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