ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A donation from the Heart Hospital of New Mexico Foundation and Lovelace Medical Center will help state police purchase defibrillators.
The $15,000 donation was [auth] announced Friday. Police will be presented with a check from the two organizations during a ceremony in Albuquerque on Tuesday.
About the size of a laptop, the devices deliver an electrical current through the chest to the heart to correct a critically irregular heartbeat.
State Police will roll out the defibrillators to officers in rural areas first, where waiting time for emergency medical crews to arrive becomes a critical factor in whether a heart attack victim survives.