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Airline Installing Medical Devices

June 2, 1999

ATLANTA (AP) _ Delta Air Lines, disclosing that one of its own flight attendants was saved with a defibrillator, is speeding up deployment of the cardiac emergency devices.

By June 30, six months ahead of schedule, all 584 Delta aircraft will carry the external defibrillators _ which deliver electrical shocks to restore normal heart rhythm _ and an expanded emergency medical kit.

The carrier had begun deploying the defibrillators, manufactured by Seattle-based Hewlett Packard Heartstream Operation, last summer.

Delta said Wednesday a 40-year-old flight attendant suffered cardiac arrest on a flight from Salt Lake City bound for New Orleans two weeks ago. Other flight attendants and two nurses on board who volunteered to help treated her while the plane returned to Salt Lake City.

The flight attendant, whose name wasn’t released, is recovering well, Delta said.

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