Olson introduces Good Samaritan AED bill

From: The Citizen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) today introduced H.R. 2135, the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act. Olson’s bill will help increase the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by eliminating the threat of frivolous lawsuits through development of a nationally uniform baseline of protection for persons who use an automatic external defibrillator (AED) while attempting to save a life during a medical emergency. Original co-sponsors include: Reps. Pete Gallego (D-TX), Phil Roe (R-TN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Michael Burgess (R-TX), Andy Harris (R-MD) Gerald Connolly (D-VA).

"The best emergency treatment for sudden cardiac arrest is defibrillation, so quick use of AEDs can save lives," Rep. Pete Olson said. "The threat of unnecessary lawsuits on AED users should not stand in the way of providing emergency medical assistance to someone in need. This common sense legislation provides peace of mind for Good Samaritans by removing this threat and will encourage greater deployment of AEDs in public and private establishments. Wider use of AEDs will reduce response times and could save an additional 36,000 lives per year."

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