Tag Archives: Good Samaritan laws

New AED legislation: January 2011

In the first weeks of the new year, automated external defibrillator (AED) billswere introduced in seven state legislatures: Connecticut Rep. Jason Perillo introduced HB 5455, a bill to provide immunity for any public facility that maintains an automatic external defibrillator in accordance with specified standards. Rep. Kevin Ryan introduced HB 5483, which would require dialysis units, outpatient surgical facilities, assisted […]

Bookmark This: AED laws enacted in 2010

In 2010, state legislatures considered more than a hundred pieces of legislation pertaining to automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Many bills honored citizens who rescued victims of sudden cardiac arrest, while others recommended AED placements in communities. –> See AEDlegislation.com for full results <– Dozens of bills included mandates for AED placement and training, or extended Good Samaritan protection to […]

An update on state AED legislation, Part 2

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of our roundup about legislation concerning automated external defibrillators (AEDs) currently before state legislatures. You can read Part 1 here. Illinois AED legislation: HB 4661 (the Mass Transit Defibrillator bill), introduced by Representative Jack Franks in October, 2009, is before the House Committee on Government Operations. It would require that the Chicago Transportation Authority, the […]

The Bystander Factor: When an AED is not enough

Research shows that having an automated external defibrillator AED nearby can dramatically increase the survival rate for witnessed incidents of sudden cardiac arrest. It’s  heart-wrenching when someone collapses from sudden cardiac arrest and people rush to the victim’s aid — only to discover there is no AED available. Seconds count, but an ambulance is several miles, or several minutes, […]

Connecticut AED bills benefit schools, protect Good Samaritans

The Connecticut House of Representatives passed legislation May 12 providing Good Samaritan protection to encourage the use of automated external defibrillators. The law, SB 1089, goes before the governor for signature later this month. It states that a person or entity maintaining a defibrillator cannot be held liable for ordinary negligence when the AED is used in […]