Section: Statutes containing references to proceedings under former prerogative writs
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.
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