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New Law Makes automated External Defibrillators in all New Jersey

New Law Makes Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and Cardiac Emergency Action Plans a Requirement in All New Jersey Schools


Trenton, NJ – Acting to safeguard the lives of New Jersey’s K-12 students, Governor Chris Christie today signed “Janet’s Law,” requiring all public and nonpublic schools to have automated external defibrillators (AED) on site. In addition, the new law (A-1608), calls for schools to establish emergency action plans to respond to sudden cardiac events, in order to be as prepared as possible to deal with life-threatening emergencies. The law is named in memory of Janet Zilinski, an 11-year-old resident from Warren who died of sudden cardiac arrest following cheerleading squad practice.

“By signing Janet’s Law, we hope to prevent other families from having to live through the shock and sorrow of unexpectedly losing a beloved child to an emergency cardiac situation,” said Governor Christie. “This law ensures that our schools will be prepared by having the appropriate equipment and that designated staff is properly trained to handle these sudden events before, during and after school. I am proud to sign this law in memory of Janet and I thank her parents, Karen and Jim Zilinski, for their commitment and action taken in their daughter’s name to help prevent other families from facing the same tragedy.”
         
As a result of Janet’s Law, all public and non-public schools, K-12, will have an automated external defibrillator on school property that is properly identified in an unlocked location beginning September 1, 2014. The defibrillator must be accessible during the school day as well as during school-sponsored athletic events or team practices and within reasonable proximity to the school athletic field or gymnasium.
A school’s emergency action plan must contain a list of at least five school employees, team coaches or athletic trainers who have certifications in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and the use of a defibrillator from either the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or other training program recognized by the New Jersey Department of Health. Further, the detailed response procedure must identify the appropriate school official responsible for responding to the person experiencing the sudden cardiac event, calling 911, starting cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, retrieving and using the defibrillator, and assisting emergency responders in getting to the individual experiencing the sudden cardiac event.
“Saving lives is the most important goal of Janet’s Law,” said Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick. “All schools will now have a defibrillator available and an emergency plan in place which will help avoid the tragedy which the Lipinski family experienced. I appreciate the unanimous support this bill received in the Legislature and I thank Governor Christie for signing it into law.”
The State Board of Education, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health, will adopt rules and regulations as necessary to implement the provisions of the legislation.

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Jacob Soloman on Tuesday, December 04, 2012 5:56 AM
Great news to me that new law makes automated external defibrillators and Cardiac Emergency action plans a requirement in all new Jersey Schools. Actually I am so pleased to read about it and want to thank for posting this handy blog here. Take it up...
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Anthony Issac on Monday, December 24, 2012 1:27 AM
What an informative blog regarding New Law Makes automated External Defibrillators in all New Jersey! Tim Chalfant, really great news to me. Thanks a lot dude. Keep it up.
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Maria Woods on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 9:18 AM
Thanks Tim, very informative. I can now log on to your website and get the lastest news on the state's laws and what is required for the students. We love your work and the students get information from a teacher with many years experience in the field
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Timothy Chalfant on Monday, February 25, 2013 3:51 PM
New Jersey Public Access for Defibrillation (PAD) Law P.L. 1999, CHAPTER 34, approved March 8, 1999 Assembly, No. 2321 (Second Reprint) An Act concerning certain emergency medical services and supplementing Title 2A of the New Jersey Statutes. Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey: 1. The Legislature finds that more than 350,000 Americans die annually from out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. Many die needlessly because life saving defibrillators are not immediately available. The American Heart Association estimates that almost 100,000 deaths could be prevented each year if defibrillators were more widely available to designated responders. Many communities in this State have invested in 911 emergency telephone equipment, ambulances and the training of emergency personnel. Not all emergency personnel, however, have been trained in or have immediate access to defibrillators. It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage greater acquisition, deployment and use of automated external defibrillators by trained personnel throughout this State. 2. As used in this act: "Automated external defibrillator" or "defibrillator" means a medical device heart monitor and defibrillator that: a. Has received approval of its pre-market notification filed pursuant to 21 U.S.C. §360 (k) from the United States Food and Drug Administration; b. Is capable of recognizing the presence or absence of ventricular fibrillation or rapid ventricular tachycardia, and is capable of determining, without intervention by an operator, whether defibrillation should be performed; and c. Upon determining that defibrillation should be performed, automatically charges and requests delivery of an electrical impulse to an individual's heart. 3. A person or entity that acquires an automated external defibrillator shall: a. Ensure that any person, prior to using that defibrillator, has successfully completed 1[a nationally recognized training program] and holds a current certification from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or other training program recognized by the Department of Health and Senior Services1 in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and use of a defibrillator; b. Ensure that the defibrillator is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines; c. 1[Provide for supervision of persons using the defibrillator by a licensed physician to ensure compliance with the requirements of this section; and d.]1 Notify the appropriate first aid, ambulance or rescue squad or other appropriate emergency medical services provider that the person or entity has acquired the defibrillator, the type acquired and its location1; and d. Prior to purchasing the automated external defibrillator, provide the prescribing licensed physician with documentation that the person or entity purchasing the defibrillator has a protocol in place to comply with the requirements of subsections a., b. and c. of this section1. 4. a. A person shall not use a defibrillator unless he has successfully completed 1[a nationally recognized training program] and holds a current certification from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or other training program recognized by the Department of Health and Senior Services1 in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and use of a defibrillator; provided however, this section shall not be applicable to a person who is licensed as a paramedic, emergency medical technician-D, or a first responder-D by the Department of Health. b. Any person who uses a defibrillator shall request emergency medical assistance from the appropriate first aid, ambulance or rescue squad as soon as practicable. 1[c. Any person who uses a defibrillator shall report the use of that device to the supervising licensed physician appointed pursuant to subsection c. of section 3 of this act.]1 5. a. Any person or entity who, in good faith, acquires or provides a defibrillator, renders emergency care or treatment by the use of a defibrillator or supervises such care or treatment and, who has complied with the requirements of this act, shall be immune from civil liability for any personal injury as a result of such care or treatment, or as a result of any 1[act or failure to act in providing or arranging further medical] acts or omissions by the person or entity in providing, rendering or supervising the emergency care or1 treatment. b. The immunity provided in subsection a. of this section shall include the 1[supervising licensed physician and the]1 2prescribing licensed physician and the2 person or entity who provided the training in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and use of the defibrillator. c. This subsection shall not immunize a person for any act of gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct. 1It shall not be considered gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct to fail to use a defibrillator in the absence of an otherwise preexisting duty to do so.1 6. This act shall take effect immediately.
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Timothy Chalfant on Monday, February 25, 2013 3:54 PM
New Jersey Chapter Law 34 of 1999 A person or entity that acquires an automated external defibrillator shall: Ensure that any person, prior to using that defibrillator, has successfully completed and holds a current certification from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or other training program recognized by the Department of Health and Senior Services in CPR and use of a defibrillator. Ensure that the AED is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer’s operational guidelines; Notify the appropriate first aid, ambulance or rescue squad or other appropriate emergency medical services provider that the person or entity has acquired the defibrillator, the type acquired and its location; and Prior to purchasing the AED, provide the prescribing licensed physician with documentation that the person or entity purchasing the AED has a protocol in place to comply with the requirements of subsections 1, 2, and 3 of this section. A person shall not use an AED unless he/she has successfully completed and holds a current certification from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or other training program recognized by the Department of Health and Senior Services in CPR and use of an AED; provided however, this section shall not be applicable to a person who is licensed as a paramedic, emergency medical technician-D, or a first responder-D by the Department of Health and Senior Services. Any person who uses an AED shall request emergency medical assistance from the appropriate first aid, ambulance or rescue squad as soon as practicable. Any person or entity that, in good faith, acquires or provides an AED, renders emergency care or treatment by the use of an AED or supervises such care or treatment and, who has complied with the requirements of this act, shall be immune from civil liability for any personal injury as a result of such care or treatment, or as a result of any acts or omissions by the person or entity in providing, rendering or supervising the emergency care or treatment. The immunity provided above shall include the prescribing licensed physician and the person or entity that provided the training in CPR and use of the AED. This subsection shall not immunize a person for any act of gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct. It shall not be considered gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct to fail to use a defibrillator in the absence of an otherwise preexisting duty to do so.
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Timothy Chalfant on Sunday, March 03, 2013 7:30 PM
From USPS News Link: Becoming a Postal Service hero sometimes means taking part in a team effort to help someone in need. Boston, MA, General Mail Facility employees recently took this path to help save the life of a coworker. Members of the Medical Emergency Response Team MERT — Mail Handlers Alfred Bears, Rick Bennett, Robert McHale and Peter McNeff, Laborer Custodian Leo Hynes and Electronic Technician William Howell — sprang into action when they saw a coworker collapse on the break room floor. Recognizing the symptoms of a sudden cardiac arrest, they worked together to perform CPR and use a defibrillator to treat him. The team kept their coworker alive until emergency medical technicians arrived to take him to the hospital. USPS worker uses CPR & AED to save co-worker!!! In addition to MERT, Maintenance Supervisor Neil Janulewicz called the victim’s wife to inform her that her husband had been taken to the hospital.Thanks to the team’s quick and professional response, the coworker survived and is expected to make a full recovery.
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