New Tennessee law to require AEDs at all high schools

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Photo: Leon Brocard / MGN Online

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) — A Tennessee law could save your child’s life in an emergency situation while they’re at school.

AEDs are now required inside every high school statewide. The law went into effect on Sunday.

The AED, or automated external defibrillator, delivers an electric shock to your chest. It can steady an irregular heartbeat or restart a heart if someone goes into sudden cardiac arrest.

The AED can make the difference between the life or death, helping to keep the person stable until a paramedic can arrive.

Experts say more than 6,000 people under the age of 18 go into cardiac arrest in the U.S. every year. More than half of them are students of the high school age.

Officials with the American Heart Association stress that they hope schools will never have to use an AED, but it’s better to have one just in case.

Students will also be required to receive training on how to use the device.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.