98 -- S 2239

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S T A T E     O F    R H O D E    I S L A N D

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 1998

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A N     A C T

RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY

Introduced By: Senators Polisena, Kelly, Kells, Fogarty and Enos

Date Introduced : January 22, 1998

Referred To: Committee on Senate Finance

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

SECTION 1. Title 23 of the General Laws entitled "Health and Safety" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:

{ADD CHAPTER 6.2
PUBLIC ACCESS DEFIBRILLATION
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{ADD 23-6.2-1. Declaration of policy. -- ADD} {ADD The legislature finds that heart disease is a leading cause of death in this country as over thirty five thousand (35,000) Americans, including one thousand (1,000) Rhode Islanders, die from sudden cardiac arrest every year. Rhode Islanders currently have a survival rate of over five percent (5%) to ten percent (10%) in instances of sudden cardiac arrests occurring outside of hospitals. ADD}

{ADD Greater public access to defibrillation devices may increase the rate of survival in such instances by up to forty-four percent (44%). ADD}

{ADD It is the intent and purpose of this chapter to provide greater public access to defibrillators by distributing such devices to law enforcement and safety personnel throughout the state. ADD}

{ADD 23-6.2-2. ADD} {ADD State to provide and distribute defibrillators. --The state shall provide two (2) defibrillators for distribution to each and every city or town in the state. Such devices shall be placed in the possession of the chief and/or the highest ranking member of the municipalities police department, to be deployed by said officer in the manner in which he or she determines will best promote the availability of and access to the defibrillator by the general public. Provided that one or both defibrillators may be deployed to the municipality's fire department if the police chief determines that such deployment would best promote the intent and purpose of this chapter. ADD}

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.

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EXPLANATION
BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
OF
A N     A C T
RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY

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This act would require the state to distribute two (2) defibrillators to each and every city and town in this state, to be used by either the police force or the fire department.

This act would take effect upon passage.



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