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This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Senate version of the "Cardiac Arrest Survival Act" is introduced June 19 by Sen. Slade Gorton (R-Wash.). The bill (S 2196) would amend the Public Health Service Act to require the National Institutes of Health to develop model state legislation designed to ensure: "access to emergency medical services through consideration of a requirement for public placement of lifesaving equipment," including automated external defibrillators; "good Samaritan immunity for cardiac arrest care providers"; and the "coordination of a national database for reporting and collecting information relating to the incidence of cardiac arrest." A companion bill (HR 1679) was introduced in the House in May 1997 by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) ("The Gray Sheet" April 21, 1997, p. 4). No action has been taken on the House bill...



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