NWS: FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 10 AM SATURDAY.   Click for details

More businesses, schools, churches buy defibrillators



Photo Gallery:


Click to view (5 Photos)


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.

 

This story appears in the print edition of Daily Journal. Subscribers can read the entire story online by signing in here or in our e-Edition by clicking here.

All content copyright ©2014 Daily Journal, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Click here to read our privacy policy.