More businesses, schools, churches buy defibrillators

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The small, boxy devices used to shock stopped hearts back into blood-pumping action are more common now in Johnson County than 10 years ago, local officials said.

Automated external defibrillators, commonly called AEDs, are noticeably displayed in local schools, churches, stores and other businesses, according to Darin Hoggatt, division chief of emergency medical services for the Greenwood Fire Department.

Endress+Hauser, a company in Greenwood that makes measurement meters, and Community Church of Greenwood keep AEDs on hand in case of emergencies, officials from the organizations said. The devices are used to send an electrical shock into the bodies of people who are unconscious and have stopped breathing because of sudden heart failure.


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