AAA Endorses Increased Resources for AED Education (H.Res 877)

The AAA Board of Directors has voted to endorse H.Res 877. Sponsored by Rep. John Duncan (TN-02), H.Res 877 was introduced to encourage states to increase resources in schools for training and education on AEDs.

“Whereas the American Red Cross advocates that improved training and access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) could save 50,000 lives each year;
Whereas the average response time to a 911 call is 8 to 12 minutes;
Whereas the likelihood of survival is reduced approximately 10 percent for each minute defibrillation is delayed; and
Whereas sudden cardiac arrest is most effectively treated by combining CPR and defibrillation: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives–
(1) encourages public schools in possession of one or more
AEDs to schedule annual AED training for all school personnel,
for which staff meetings or in-service days allocated under
State law for training programs in emergency first aid and
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may be used…”

Read the full text of H.Res 877.