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Hawaii County looking to increase cardiac arrest save rates

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii officials want to ensure more police cars are carrying automated external defibrillators in a countywide effort to save people from cardiac arrest.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports Hawaii County officials are working to make sure at least half of Hawaii County police patrol cars carry an AED.

Hawaii County had a 13 percent cardiac arrest save rate in 2016 and officials say they want to increase that number.

Police Capt. Aimee Wana says the officers volunteered to be part of the effort. Their hope is officers can carry the AEDs during all shifts in Hilo, Puna and Kailua-Kona districts.

The American Heart Association in Hawaii also plans on working with the Department of Education to require CPR training for high school students.

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