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Howard County police cars equipped with AEDs

Tuesday - 11/22/2011, 9:20pm  ET

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Howard County police patrol cars are now equipped with devices that can treat heart attack patients.

The automatic external defibrillator uses a computer to assess a patient's heart rhythm and determines if defibrillation is needed.

This month, Howard County installed 50 devices in patrol vehicles. Police Chief William McMahon says the AEDs allow officers to begin life-saving efforts before an ambulance arrives.

The AED devices cost a total of $55,850.


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