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Should Your Church Purchase A Defibrillator?

By Richard R. Hammar

The time has come for church leaders to consider the purchase of a defibrillator. A defibrillator is a small electronic device that uses electric shocks to stop an abnormal heart rhythm known as ventricular fibrillation, and restore a normal rhythm. Ventricular fibrillation is by far the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest. Without defibrillation, persons suffering from ventricular fibrillation will die within a few minutes, often before paramedics arrive. Here are some key points you should consider in deciding whether or not to obtain a defibrillator for your church:


Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, is an attorney and CPA. He serves as legal counsel for The General Council of the Assemblies of God. This article is excerpted from a special report addressing the use of defibrillators in churches. Copyright 2003. Church Law & Tax Report. Used with permission. This report is available from Christian Ministry Resources by calling 1-800-222-1840.

 

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