Most states don’t require AED’s in schools

From Reuters:

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are used to restart hearts after cardiac arrest and restore normal heartbeats, but a new study found only about one-third of U.S. states require schools to have the life-saving devices.

Those requirements vary by state, said the study’s lead author. For example, one state may require AEDs to be installed in all schools while another only requires the devices to be in public schools.

“There are very few states that require both public and private schools to have them,” said Dr. Mark Sherrid, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.

Editorial: Congress can’t forget rural hospitals

From the Pantagraph:

In many corners of Illinois, being seen by a doctor for a shattered arm or chest pains probably means the nearest option is a small hospital that often is the primary mental and physical health provider for many miles, offering preventive and emergency care from cradle to grave.

It’s hard to rebuff the significance of these facilities to a large swath of our state — a message that Washington needs to hear. In discussing the labyrinth that is dismantling former President Obama’s health care law, lawmakers must realize the incredible importance these health institutions are to our less populated communities.

Health care is crucial for our rural communities, too. We can’t have that carelessly lost in the conversation. We need a sensible solution for maintaining these critical lifelines.