Shopping center gets defibrillator |

Shopping center gets defibrillator

Pine Creek Shopping Center in Grass Valley now has an automatic external defibrillator on hand for customers whose hearts miss a beat or more.

The Courthouse Athletic Club organized a raffle fund-raiser in June, which raised $700. The club bought the defibrillator last week for $2,100.

Defibrillators are used to shock the heart back into its natural rhythm and can also detect whether a heart is beating normally, said Scott McIntosh, a fitness instructor at the club.

Having a defibrillator on hand is becoming a policy at many of the nation’s health clubs, as well as for the International Health and Racquet Association, of which the Courthouse Athletic Club is a member, McIntosh said.

The defibrillator will be kept at the athletic club’s front counter and the club’s employees will be trained how to use it, McIntosh said.

“But it’s for the whole shopping center,” he said.

– Grace Karpa

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