Almost half of South Carolina’s state parks now have defibrillators in case of medical emergency, according to a new report.
State Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) director Duane Parrish told The Post and Courier that, as of last week, 22 of the state’s 47 state parks had defibrillators, electronic devices that provide a shock to the heart to re-establish normal heart rhythms.
A few years back, the state spent more than $9,000 for six defibrillators. The rest have been donated.
The “automated external defibrillators,” or AEDs, were put in the busiest locations first. SCPRT said all state parks should have them in a few years.
Park rangers are trained in the use of the devices and also know CPR.