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Automated External Defibrillator

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that analyzes cardiac rhythm and prompts a user to deliver a shock when necessary. Its purpose is to jolt abnormal heart rhythm, such as ventricular fibrillation, back to normal sinus rhythm. 

In 2005 the Oregon Legislature passed Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 327.364.  External Link The goal of the grant program was to provide automated external defibrillators in at least two public school facilities in each school district. This bill authorized the Oregon Department of Education to seek funds and assistance from the United States Government and its agencies or from any other source, public or private, for the establishment of a grant program. This law also contains a Good Samaritan clause which protects well intentioned citizens using an AED in aid of another from potential lawsuits from any resulting injury. This law also recognizes that AEDs require ongoing maintenance, training, signage and 9-1-1 policy. 

During the 2010 Special Session, the Legislature passed ORS 339.345 . PDF This bill requires each school campus to have at least one automated external defibrillator (AED) on premises. Compliance is required on or before January 1, 2015. 

American Heart Association (AHA)
The AHA offers a broad spectrum of high quality resources that districts may use in support of school AED programs through this site. 

This Parent based support and advocacy organization website focuses on school athletics and AED program funding information. 

ODE has prepared an FAQ document. This will be updated as needed. 


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