New Connecticut Law Requires AEDs in Schools

New Connecticut Law Requires AEDs in Schools

Hartford, CT
June 18, 2009

Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell today signed a bill into law that makes automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available in public schools and ensures that at least two staff members are trained to use them.

The law requires that a school board have an AED in each school in its jurisdiction if funding is available. It allows school boards to accept gifts, donations and grants to pay for the equipment and training. The Governor also signed a companion bill, which reduces liability issues for AED users.

“This legislation is intended to do one thing - save lives, precious lives,” Governor Rell said, according to a release from her office. “It is in the best interest of our children and our communities.”

Defibtech CEO, Dr. Glenn Laub, applauds Connecticut for taking the lead in making AEDs available in schools. “As the numbers of AEDs increase in public spaces, like schools, so do reports of lives saved from sudden cardiac arrest,” said Dr. Laub, a practicing cardiac surgeon. “The only cure for sudden cardiac death is early defibrillation. We are proud of the fact that the state in which we are based recognizes the importance of AEDs.”

The governor’s office said the legislation, Senate Bill 981, was prompted by the 2007 death of a 15-year-old student athlete, who died after collapsing during a run. There was no AED on site and he died a few days later in the hospital. His parents established a memorial fund shortly after his death to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and purchase AEDs for schools and athletic fields.

“For school boards and schools, it is very important to have AEDs on the market which are affordable and easy to use,” said Defibtech president Gintaras Vaisnys. “Affordability and ease of use have been the guiding principles in the design of our products from the start.”

Defibtech’s Lifeline™ and ReviveR™ defibrillators can be found through the country and worldwide in public access areas, workplaces, police and fire vehicles, schools and churches, health clubs, and other locations. Defibtech has won a number of prestigious design awards, among them the Medical Design Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding design in medical equipment.