P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2007
GRAPEVINE -- State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, joined the lieutenant governor and other Senators yesterday in announcing legislation to make lifesaving devices known as Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) available in Texas public schools.
"When cardiac events occur, seconds count. These devices can truly mean the difference between life and death, which is why we need to ensure they are readily available in our schools," Senator Nelson said.
AEDs restart the heart in the event of a cardiac event, can be used by a layperson at the scene of an emergency. They cost approximately $2,000 and can be used by a layperson. SB 7 would ensure that at least one is readily available in Texas' nearly 8,000 public schools, about half of which already have an AED on campus.
Additionally, Senator Nelson has filed SB 25, requiring that an automated external defibrillator (AED) be available at all public high school sporting events and practices in Texas starting next school year.
Appearing with Senator Nelson was Laura Friend of North Richland Hills, who co-founded Parent Heart Watch, a nationwide advocacy organization after her daughter, Sarah, died of sudden cardiac arrest at school in 2004.