OSHA Monitoring NIH External Defibrillator Study, Circulates “Fact Card”
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration will weigh results from a NIH study in evaluating the cost-effectiveness of options such as the American Heart Association's proposed public access defibrillation (PAD) program
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A survey of small and large private employers could be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to determine the extent of automatic external defibrillator (AED) use in U.S. workplaces, according to OMB.
Congressional passage of the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (HR 2498), supported by favorable results of an ongoing NIH sponsored study evaluating public access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs), could pave the way for the eventual over-the-counter availability of the devices.
Medtronic, Agilent and Survivalink will provide automatic external defibrillators free of charge in a $20 mil., 15-month, multicenter study examining the life saving potential and cost effectiveness of public access to the devices.