Bill requiring AEDs in schools approved

Bill requiring AEDs in schools approved

Staff Reports

MONTGOMERY – A bill backed by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to help schools prepare for cardiac emergencies is on its way to Governor Kay Ivey’s desk to be signed into law.

 The proposal, House Bill 290, requires K-12 schools to have a cardiac emergency response plan, including placing Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in each school. AEDs are lightweight, portable devices that deliver an electric shock through the chest that changes a heart’s rhythm back to normal.

 “Whether during the school day, during after-school activities or at school athletic events, this plan will ensure swift and effective responses to sudden cardiac arrests and save lives,” said Dr. Amanda Williams, President of the Medical Association.

“It will enhance the safety of students, school staff and visitors. Physicians across the state commend the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ed Oliver, and other supporters for steering the bill through the Legislature.”

 Cardiac arrest can come on suddenly and is often fatal if appropriate steps aren’t taken immediately.

 Once signed into law, the bill becomes effective on Oct. 1, 2024.

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