Defibrillators in Place at 7 Boyd Properties in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- Boyd Gaming Corp.'s commitment to ensuring guest safety and comfort prompted the firm to equip its seven properties in Las Vegas with defibrillator units.

Boyd said it is the first major gaming and hotel firm to offer on-site defibrillators, which are used to treat people who suffer sudden heart attacks.

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) help reduce the risk of sudden cardiac arrest fatality.

Defibrillation is the only effective treatment for the primary cause of sudden cardiac arrest, but therapy must be delivered in minutes.

The firm will implement a "targeted first responder" program using Physio-Control Corp.'s latest automated external defibrillator, the Lifepak 500 AED.

Fifteen units will be placed throughout Boyd's seven Las Vegas properties.

Training for Boyd security officers began recently.

Boyd is working closely with a Las Vegas cardiologist, a training coordinator at Clark County Fire Dept. and researchers at the University of Arizona to study the impact of early defibrillation by targeted first responders, police, firefighters, security officers and other personnel.

Boyd said the equipment is easy for the public to use because of voice and screen prompts and preconnected electrodes.

Boyd's Las Vegas properties include Stardust, California, Fremont, Main Street Station, Sam's Town, Eldorado and Jokers Wild.

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