SEATTLE, Wash. -

Security guards for the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle will start carrying Tasers next month.

Hospital officials told The Seattle Times they expect the devices to help them in handling dangerous or unruly people.   

About 70 security guards at six of the medical center's seven campuses have been trained to use Tasers.

A spokesman for Taser International says about 230 hospitals across the nation use their devices for security. In Washington state, the devices are used by security staff at EvergreenHealth hospital in Kirkland, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview and Madigan Army Medical Center in Pierce County.

Swedish spokesman Clay Holtzman says the medical center spent about a year considering adding a weapon for security officers. They found Tasers were their best, less-lethal option when compared to batons and pepper spray.