Committee Hears AED Requirement

Mar 8, 2024

by Liz Gullett

As MLC’s Communications and Social Media Manager, Liz Gullett keeps clients informed and up-to-date on the goings on in Lansing and the Capitol.

Legislation aimed at preventing deaths due to sudden cardiac arrest in schools was considered this week in the House Regulatory Reform Committee.

Key Points:

    • The two bills were introduced by Representative John Fitzgerald (D-Wyoming) and Representative Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit).
    • The legislation requires schools to develop cardiac emergency response plans and offer training and access to automated external defibrillators (AED).
    • Currently, 23 states have AED school requirements.
    • Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a life-threatening emergency caused by a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system. It claims the lives of more than 300 Michigan residents between the ages of 1 to 39 annually.
    • Survival rates from SCA more than double when a bystander uses a publicly available AED as opposed to waiting for the arrival of emergency responders.

Next steps:

    • The two bills remain before the committee for further consideration.

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