Power Outage Could Mean Death For Some

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Millions of people across the country are
finding themselves dependent on life-sustaining home medical
equipment. But Kentucky does not maintain a complete list of people
for whom a power outage could mean life or death.
Andrew Melnykovich, a spokesman for the Kentucky Public Service
Commission, says it's up to individual power companies to track
which customers are medical priorities when the power goes out.
More than 50 electric companies serve Kentucky residents.
Currently, there are nearly 2 million people in the country who
use home oxygen machines that need electricity. About 10,000 people
nationally use home ventilators to breath, while thousands have
ventricular assist devices to help pump their hearts.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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