New law requires defibrillators at athletic events

Legislation aimed at improving CA’s poor record in protecting student athletes from sudden cardiac arrest, or SCA, won passage Wednesday from a legislative policy committee. AB 2009 would require school districts and charters that participate in interscholastic athletics to have at least one automatic external defibrillator, or AED, at each school site. The bill also calls on districts to have a written emergency action plan that directs the use of the ADE, and to have adopted policies that protect coaches or trainers from liability for using the life-saving tool.

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