- Rep. Paul ClymerChair, PA House Education Committee
- Rep. Mike TurzaiMajority Leader, PA House of Representatives
- Rep. William AdolphChair, House Appropriations Committee
Move Aidan's Law (was SB606, now SB267) Forward to Get AEDs into PA Schools
Senate Bill 267 (formerly 606), also known as Aidan's Law, is a bi-partisan bill that was introduced in March 2013 to help reduce the number of young lives lost to sudden cardiac arrest, which is very conservatively estimated at 2,000 a year in the United States by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This bill will re-establish a state program to assist each public and private school building to keep and maintain an automated external defibrillator (AED), the portable medical device designed to analyze the heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock to victims of ventricular fibrillation to restore the hearth rhythm to normal.
This bill is being called Aidan’s Law in honor of Aidan Silva, a seven-year-old Chester County resident who succumbed to sudden cardiac arrest on September 4, 2010. Like most SCA victims, Aidan had no symptoms of a heart condition prior to his death. SCA is the number two cause of death among children and young adults under the age of 24, according to the American Heart Association.
In June, 2013, the PA Senate Education Committee voted unanimously in favor of Aidan's Law. In November 2013 it passed the PA Senate Appropriations Committee unanimousely and the full Senate unanimously and it now sits in the House Education Committee awaiting a vote.
Some of our public schools already have AEDs due to Act 4 of 2001, a one-time AED program that placed nearly 2,000 AEDs in public and private schools. Warranties on machines from this time period ended approximately seven years ago and manufacturers recently announced they will stop making replacement parts for these machines in 2014. Our bill would help ensure that such dated machines are replaced with newer life-saving technology. The use of an AED is the ONLY way a person can survive a Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education would then assist public school entities in acquiring AEDs at a subsidized price. It would also collect a report from each school so that PA would finally have full knowledge of how many AEDs are in our schools as well as how old they are, where they are located and their condition.
Last year, in Chester County alone, three teens were saved from SCA as a result of their schools having functional AEDs. SCA will continue to strike 16 kids a day in our country; will Pennsylvania be prepared?
Aidan's parents (Steve and Christy Silva)
- Chair, PA House Education Committee
Rep. Paul Clymer
- Majority Leader, PA House of Representatives
Rep. Mike Turzai
- Chair, House Appropriations Committee
Rep. William Adolph
I urge you to move SB 267/Aidan's Law forward by bringing it up for a vote in the House Education Committee, and then brought up in the full House for a vote to allow it to be passed on to Gov. Corbett. Sixteen kids a day die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the U.S.; last year, in Chester County alone, 3 high school students suffered SCA and were saved by the AEDs their schools had. But not all schools in PA have AEDs. And many that do aren't aware that their AEDs are expired. This bill will save kids' lives NOW, so I urge you to ACT now. Thank you.
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