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  1. There was some discussion in another thread about portable AEDs only 2.5 pounds in weight. However, I'm not sure if that includes a dry blanket or other nonconducting insulation. (Lots of places around here would require some distance to "clear".) Of course backpackers tend to be miserly in with weight. So, chances are it won't be carried unless the group is large enough for load balancing. Furthermore, making sure that the person with that component of the first aid kit is near the person who will need it is a non-trivial challenge. Secondly, maintenance and recertification procedures need to be in place. Field tested gear is a significant requirement. Which runs counter to bottom dollar cost constraints. Finally, every piece of gear is assessed for dual use. AEDs are specialty equipment. Is there any other emergency situation when the electronics in the AED might prove useful? Hikers favor one-time-use tools that cover a range of scenarios.
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