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 living services agencies and residential care homes to (1) have automatic external defibrillators on the premises, and (2) during normal hours of operation, at least one person on the premises trained in the use of such defibrillators and CPR.

Rep. Linda A. Orange introduced HB 5613. It would require the presence of automated external defibrillators or functionally equivalent devices in those areas where episodes of cardiac arrest are most likely to occur.

Rep. Ed Jutila is sponsoring HB 5872, which would require health clubs to have equipment and trained personnel on premises to respond to sudden cardiac arrest.

For more information on Connecticut AEDs, contact AED specialist Doug Comstock.

Florida

House Bill 373 would require certain entities with AEDs to provide the location of the devices to local EMS authorities; additional provisions include requiring AEDs in public schools. It’s sponsored by Rep. Richard Steinberg.

House Bill 4059, introduced by Rep. Matt Hudson, would repeal a provision relating to future requirements for use of AEDs in assisted living facilities, including a provision direction the state DEA to adopt implementing rules.

For information on Florida AEDs, contact AED specialist Mike Castleman.

Indiana

Senator Patricia Miller introduced SB 176, pertaining to teacher training. It would require an applicant for teaching licenses to be certified in the use of an AED.

For information on Indiana AEDs, contact AED specialist Troy Pflugner.

Massachusetts

House Bill 2602, sponsored by Patricia Haddad, would make CPR and AED instruction a requirement for high school graduation.

For information on AEDs in Massachusetts, contact AED specialist Dennis Wright.

New Jersey

Senate Resolution 75 (companion bill: AR 84), sponsored by Senator Jim Whelan, received a second reading in the Senate. It urges all boards of education in the state to take precautionary measures to protect students and staff from sudden cardiac death through such actions as: the installation of an automated external defibrillator at each of its schools; the provision of training to staff on the appropriate use of these devices, in combination with training on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); the development of an emergency action response plan for each school that addresses the appropriate use of school staff in responding to cardiac arrests; and the implementation of a CPR training program for all staff and students.

For information on AEDs in New Jersey, contact AED specialist Brian Vaughn.

New York

Assembly Bill 2392, introduced by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, would require every golf course to make available at least one functional cardiac defibrillator and requiring that employees of such facility be trained in its proper operation and use.

Assembly Bill 208, sponsored by Assemblyman Rory Lancman, is the Automated External Defibrillators Access Act. It would require public buildings, stadiums, arenas and convention centers in cities with a population of over one million to be equipped with AEDs and train employees to use AEDs.

Senate Bill 2107, sponsored by Senator Carl Kruger, would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to make automated external defibrillators available throughout major air terminals. In would that AED training be provided to airport personnel in their use and provide that activation of a defibrillator will alert emergency medical services personnel.

Assembly Bill 3778, sponsored by Assemblyman Herman Farrell, would require dental facilities to have AEDs.

Assembly Bill 3798, sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Spano, would require health clubs to provide automated external defibrillators during business hours when they are staffed.

For information on AEDs in New York state, contact AED specialist Mark Savino.

Rhode Island

House Bill 5098, introduced by Rep. Edith Ajello, would provide civil immunity to anyone who “gratuitously renders emergency assistance in the nature of cardiopulmonary resuscitation or automated external defibrillation to a person in need thereof.” Under the provisions of the bill, the rescuer could not be held liable for civil damages for any personal injuries which result from acts or omissions by such persons rendering the emergency care.

House Bill 5169, introduced by Peter John Petrarca, would mandate that all public and private elementary and secondary schools in the state shall have functional automatic external defibrillators on school grounds at all times.

Need information on AEDs in Rhode Island? Contact AED specialist Doug Comstock.

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