Almost half of SC’s state parks now have defibrillators

Across South Carolina graphic
Across South Carolina graphic

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — There’s more peace of mind at South Carolina’s state parks for people with heart conditions as almost half the parks now have heart defibrillators.

Defibrillators are electronic devices that provide a shock to the heart to re-establish normal heart rhythms.

Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Duane Parrish tells The Post and Courier of Charleston (http://bit.ly/1Xques9 ) that as of last week, 22 of the state’s 47 state parks had devices.

A few years back, the state spent more than $9,000 for six defibrillators. The rest have been donated.

The devices have been placed in the busiest state pars first. Parrish says in a few years all parks should have them.

Park rangers are trained in the use of the devices and also know CPR.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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