DC AAP Advocacy Chair, Dr. Ankoor Shah, testified on behalf of the DC AAP at a D.C. Council public hearing October 1st in support of the ‘Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator Requirements Act of 2015’. He was joined by other advocates including Dr. Charles Berul from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s National Health System.

This bill would require all schools in Washington, DC to have at least one automated external defibrillator (AED), and require certain school personnel to be trained in AED use and CPR. The DC AAP, along with the ACC and the American Heard Association (AHA), believe that a provision should be included to require all students to be trained in CPR and AED prior to high school graduation. If this provision is added, the District would join 27 other states including Virginia and Maryland that already have it.