AED Legislation

Northern Ireland Pursues Community Resuscitation Strategy

Northern Ireland joins a growing list of communities around the world to pursue a community resuscitation strategy.

An advocate of community resuscitation, Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Edwin Poots addressed the Assembly today urging the public to review the proposed draft strategy, which includes a proposal to improve the availability of, and access to, automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).

In his 

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Designated Defibs Will Fit the Bill

(A version of the following article appeared in Emergency Services Ireland magazine.)

High profile cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in recent years such as that of Sopranos star James Gandolfini or footballer Fabrice Muamba have increased awareness of the condition which claims the lives of over 5,000 people every year in Ireland.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can happen to …

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AEDs Increasingly on Agenda of State Legislatures

Within state legislatures throughout the country, the topics of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and cardiac arrest are getting more and more play. As of January 2012, there were a total of fifty-six pending or recently passed state bills which specifically relate to AEDs and cardiac arrest, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures .

CPR and AED use gained …

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Manitoba’s Public Access Defibrillator Act Requires AEDs in Public Places

In June 2011 Manitoba became the first province in Canada to require that AEDs be made available in public places through the Public Access Defibrillator Act (Bill 20). Under the Act, AEDs must be made available in selected public places by January 31, 2014.

To support this mandate, the Manitoba government is providing funding for 1,000 emergency defibrillators for public …

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Critical Need for Automated External Defibrillators in Nursing Homes

As the placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) is becoming more common in public areas –including shopping malls, schools, churches, football stadiums, municipal buildings and airports – it’s surprising that more nursing homes don’t have AEDs.

“Lack of Early Defibrillation Capability and Automated External Defibrillators in Nursing Homes,” a 2007 study in the Journal of the Association of American Medical …

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Clearing the Confusion of Widely Varying AED Regulations

Laws on the placement and use of automated external defibrillators vary widely from state to state. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, as of January 2012 there were a total of fifty six state bills pending or recently passed relating to AEDs and cardiac arrest. Variables can include where AEDs are required to be placed, what funding is …

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