Technology Helps Save Life Of County Prisoner
In Tarrant County, Texas, all patrol cars are equipped with automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDs), which provide instructions for users on how to use the devices. AEDs are also kept on all floors of the Tarrant County Jail and in the county administration building.
Each unit was purchased by the county for roughly $1,500. Recently, an AED was used to revive an apparent heart attack victim who had been awaiting a ride on bus. The victim, a 60-year old inmate, had been shackled to other prisoners and was believed to have been clinically dead, said the jail’s nurse, Karen Beerer.
As paramedics headed heading toward the scene, jail personnel used an AED several times in a span of 20 minutes, according to footage recorded and supplied by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from CBS-TV 11 (Dallas/Fort Worth) (05/14/06); Caldwell, Clif .