From the office of Sen. Nancy Jacobs:
Three renowned doctors will challenge the American Heart Association recommendations on lifesaving AEDs in a legislative hearing Tuesday in Annapolis.
They say AEDs have been discovered locked and inaccessible to public, limiting the chances of saving the life of someone in Sudden Cardiac Arrest. These AED experts say more lives could be saved if training requirements are dropped and training isn’t linked to liability for the facilities housing AEDs. They argue that AEDs are so user-friendly a child can succeed in using one to save a life.
Dr. Myron Weisfeldt, Chief of Dept. of Medicine, Johns Hopkins
Dr. Betsy Hunt, MD, Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins
Dr. Morton Mower, Co-Inventor of first internal defibrillator, Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineer
These doctors are supporting Senate Bill 461 Tuesday, February 28th, in a hearing before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. That bill, sponsored by Senator Nancy Jacobs, will:
*Eliminate liability that exists for registered AED facilities in the state by not linking liability to compliance with a long list of program rules.
*Put language in the Good Samaritan Law specific to AED use and immunity.
*Changes the AED program so that only “one person” is required to oversee the device for proper maintenance, recalls, and updates.
In addition to the physicians, you will also hear testimony froma parent whose teenage son died on a basketball court. She started a foundation to put AEDs in public places. Aman whose life was saved with an AED will also testify in support of the bill.