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EMM-009: Automatic External Defibrillators

Automatic External Defibrillators: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) recognizes the lifesaving benefits of automated external defibrillators (AED) and supports laws and legislation that would:

  • Broadly promote their use by including basic training in the use of AEDs when CPR training is required in annual AHA and Red Cross CPR certification.
  • Promote their placement in all public places that host large gatherings.
  • Promote inclusion of specialized AED-related equipment (i.e., smaller contact pads for AEDs likely to be used for children) when appropriate.

Further, the Society endorses that all law enforcement officers and other first responders complete annual certification training in the use of AEDs and have an AED, with adult and pediatric-sized contact pads, on board all local, county and state government emergency vehicles. (HOD, 0408)