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.
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