I have never worked in LTC & my experience is emergency nursing, so maybe someone here can answer a question I have... why is it that a vast majority of LTC/nsg homes do not have AEDs? Or at least that's the case around my area. I can understand the reasons for not having a lifepak defibrillator on your crash cart (ACLS requirements, lack of MD 24/7 to run acls code, etc), but AEDs require no advanced training & are accessible to the general public in airports, malls, schools
, so why wouldn't they be in a medical facility?
I understand that many LTC patients may have DNR orders or die of natural causes & advanced age, but what about the rest of the pts?
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