Defibrillators in shopping malls? |

Defibrillators in shopping malls?

Last week a man died as a result of a heart attack in a public area. Apparently, a potentially life-saving defibrillator was not available. I talked to a friend in another community about this, and it appears that these devices are now in the $1,000-2,000 range and are more frequently found in supermarkets and drug stores.

I did a small sample of our local stores and found none have them. It seems to me that on the public’s behalf, each large mall in the area should have one. It’s very critical to get such help in the first three to five minutes.

I talked with the fire station crew near Sierra College and discovered the use of these devices is almost foolproof. In a community with a lot of elderly people, it might be good if malls had at least one available. The cost could be borne by all the stores in the mall.

Wayne Watson

Nevada City

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