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Catalonia gives legal backing to trained AED (automatic external defibrillators) users:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The Spanish region of Catalonia is drafting new legislation to give legal backing to trained non-medical personnel who use automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) provided in public places. The relevant training programme will be carried out by the regional government's health studies institute (IES). The decree could be implemented within one-and-a-half months, coinciding with the April launch of a Pta60 million ($350,000) regional project to install AEDs in 50 sports centres throughout Catalonia. The budget for the programme includes the cost of the training. Separately, Galicia will become the third Spanish region to implement a programme to provide AEDs in public places.

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