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The Legal and Moral Case for a Defibrillator

How would you respond if someone suffers cardiac arrest at church?

"Public access to defibrillators represents potentially the single greatest advance in the treatment of cardiac arrest since the development of CPR."

The time has come for church leaders to consider the purchase and installation of defibrillators. A defibrillator, or automated external defibrillator (AED), is a small electronic device that uses electric shocks to stop an abnormal heart rhythm—known as ventricular fibrillation (VF)—to restore a normal heart beat. VF is by far the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest. Without defibrillation, persons who are suffering from VF will die within a few minutes, often before paramedics arrive.

Example Gary, a middle-aged man, clutches his chest and collapses during a worship service. The service is abruptly halted, and the congregation is horrified. Some panic, and most have no idea what to do. One member frantically tries ...

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  • April 19, 2017