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Local businesses are coming together with help from the Wilton Manors Business Association to keep customers safe: by installing AED equipment.
- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Businesses Prepare for Cardiac Crises

By John Hayden

It’s been seen it in movies and TV shows like ER and Grey’s Anatomy: dramatic scenes where patients are shocked back to life. While those may be over-the-top recreations, the situations are very much a part of real life.

Now, businesses in Wilton Manors are installing AEDs, or automated external defibrillators. The Broward County Fire Code requires them, but doesn’t pay for them, forcing each business to spend big.

To help offset the cost, Wilton Manors Business Association (WMBA) is partnering with Code RED and buying the kits in bulk. WMBA President Gary Van Horn says the AEDs can be bought for about $1,100.

AEDs are pads that are placed on a heart attack victim’s chest. The pads are wired to a control box that takes a user through the process step-by-step and starts analyzing the patient. Once it determines if a shock is needed, it tells the rescuer how to proceed.

A look at local and national headlines shows the need. In January, Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin took a hit on the field that threw his heart out of rhythm. Emergency crews used CPR and an AED to help bring him back to life in front of a packed stadium.

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