California AED Legislation

AEDs Save Lives

Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of sudden death in young athletes playing sports. Every minute that defibrillation is delayed, the likelihood of survival from SCA drops about 10 percent. If bystanders act quickly and use an AED (in conjunction with CPR), the survival rate is 89 percent among student-athletes suffering SCA on a school campus.

California Assembly Bill 2009 requires AEDs at Interscholastic Athletic Programs by July 1, 2019

California has established new requirements for public and charter schools that offer interscholastic athletic programs. Full text of the Bill can be found here.

  • Mandates at least one automated external defibrillator (AED) be present on campus and accessible to authorized personnel during interscholastic athletic events or activities by July 1, 2019.
  • Requires a written emergency action plan that directs the use of the AED, and to have policies that protect school district employees from liability for providing emergency care.
  • Ensures AEDs are available to athletic trainers and coaches and other authorized individuals at athletic programs, on-campus activities, and events.
  • Ensures AEDs are registered and inspected and maintained according to the manufacturer’s specifications, including, at a minimum, biannual testing and after each use.

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