Sudden Cardiac Arrest can affect anyone anytime.  It is crucial that the person gets help immediately.  The only thing that will pull someone out of SCA is an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).  An AED is a portable device that will check the hearts rhythm and can send an electrical shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. 

     Each state has their own AED requirements.  Some states require AED’s to be available in schools, Federal buildings, health and fitness centers, sports clubs, gambling facilities, nursing homes, and health care centers. There are also many states that require schools to teach CPR to their students.

Click here to visit our state requirement map.

The following states require AED’s in public schools:

  1. Alabama
  2. Arkansas
  3. Connecticut
  4. Florida
  5. Georgia
  6. Louisiana
  7. Maryland
  8. North Dakota
  9. Nevada
  10. New York
  11. Tennessee
  12. Oklahoma
  13. Rhode Island
  14. South Carolina
  15. Texas
  16. New Jersey (both private and public schools)
  17. Oregon (both private and public schools) 

AED’s are strongly recommended for schools in the following states:

  1. California
  2. Colorado
  3. Ohio
  4. Washington 

The following states require AED’s in Federal buildings:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Arizona
  3. California
  4. North Carolina
  5. Nevada
  6. New York
  7. Oregon
  8. Rhode Island


The following states require AED’s in Fitness Centers/Sports Clubs and gambling (non/health club) facilities:

  1. Arkansas
  2. California
  3. Iowa
  4. Illinois
  5. Indiana
  6. Louisiana
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Maryland
  9. Michigan
  10. Mississippi
  11. New Jersey
  12. New York
  13. Oregon
  14. Pennsylvania
  15. Rhode Island
  16. District of Columbia


CPR Education

States that require CPR training before high school graduation are depicted in red (**Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation**)

There may be additional state requirements and guidelines for AED's in your state.  Please click here to visit our State Requirement Map. 

Please call 1-800-441-8378 with any questions.

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