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AmericaOne San Pedro Chronicles:
Crew Trains For Heart Emergencies With HP Heartstream Forerunner Unit

SAN PEDRO, CA - August 20, 1999 - Training has started in San Pedro and will continue until the end of August. For daily reports on activities ashore and afloat, visit this site daily for news, commentary and photographs.

Daily Report, August 20, 1999

Friday begins in the AmericaOne camp the same as any other day, except that Friday night is Friday night, no matter where you are. Another good day on the water to look forward to, leaping and bounding ahead.

This morning was a bit different for a few of us. In line with all the other technological and leading edge pursuits of the program, we are doing our best to keep our team safe as well, and that means having quality medical preparation and emergency procedures in place.

This morning as part of that agenda, in conjunction with Hewlett-Packard (HP), one of our official sponsors, we were fortunate to have the services of some emergency procedure consultants from San Francisco. They instructed us on the use of one Heartstream Forerunner AED (automatic defibrillator device). This is a remarkable unit, proving to revolutionize the emergency response procedures for heart ailment emergencies.

For those of you whot have conducted your CPR classes and emergency revival techniques, this little box would surely get your attention. It is a fantastic machine, with proven results. Given the physical fitness of the team, you would probably inquire about the need for cardiac arrest equipment, and rightly so. But we have all sorts of people passing through our gates, and we have the opportunity to learn about this equipment, so it is prudent to be prepared.

Don, Ralf, Steve, Christian, Anne, and I, spent the morning with Firefighter EMT Glenn Ortiz-Schult from Emergency Preparedness Implementation Consultants, and Amy Tupper from HP Heartstream. These two individuals are both highly credentialed in emergency responses, and were fantastic in their presentation of the equipment.

It is amazing how key words get your full attention: "game over", "sudden death", "shock", "catastrophe", " dead or alive" "asphyxia" .....

And key facts... "20% of all adults", "...1 out of every 10", " after the first minute..."

We began by reviewing remedial first-aid, CPR, (something you can never do enough of), and then the Forerunner came out, and we were taught how, in conjunction with CPR, this little device, adds a HUGE factor of revival to most heart emergencies. It is very easy to use and quick to deploy. It's a good feeling to be able to brush up on safety procedures, and when you get to use some really cool equipment, and feel good about it, that adds even more strength to the program.

We will be carrying the AED on the water in Long Beach, and at our compound down in Auckland, and will have the people on hand equipped to utilize it if and when it is needed.

I would like to express our sincere gratitude to both Amy and Glenn. We dragged them out of bed at a completely civilized hour by our standards, (0530) this morning, and they did a great job of getting us up to speed and did it with good humor. Thanks also to HP again, Heartstream is one of their subsidiaries, and we are happy to have them aboard.

There you have it, we are now putting Dear Abby outta business, our heart mending services will thrive, just as soon as we can get onto ER. I don't expect any our rough and tough yachties to come down with broken hearts, in fact they are probably out there doing a bit of heart breaking themselves, because it's Friday night y'know.

So now we have more features to add to our medical retail services, we fix broken hearts! We still offer custom carbon castes (pre-preg only), tooth extraction and zig-zag stitching of wounds.

That's it for now,

Justin Clougher
AmericaOneSailing Team

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