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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 21, 2021 03:53 PM
From: Representative Ed Neilson
To: All House members
Subject: Requiring AEDs and AED Instruction in Schools (Formerly HB 1038)
Did you know that, according to the American Heart Association, immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation with an automated external defibrillator (AED) can more than double a person’s chance of survival from a cardiac arrest? Moreover, early defibrillation, along with CPR, is the only way to restore a person’s heart rhythm to normal in a lot of such cases. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, the chances of a person’s survival from cardiac arrest decrease by seven to ten percent.

With this in mind, I am re-introducing legislation that would create several requirements relating to the placement of AEDs in schools, as well as expanding training opportunities for school staff.
Specifically, this bill would require school entities to make AED training available to all district employees and volunteers. Schools would be required to have a minimum of five individuals certified in AED usage for each location with an AED, have one such trained individual in the immediate vicinity of an AED location during school hours, and have an AED and an individual trained in both its use and CPR at all school-sponsored or school-approved interscholastic sporting events held at its facility.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation that can lead to saving more lives.

Introduced as HB1128