Knesset plenum passes school defibrillator law

The automatic defibrillators give voice instructions so that anyone can use them to save lives until emergency medical personnel arrive on the scene.

March 6, 2018 20:50

Defibrillator. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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A law to require the installation of electronic defibrillators in schools with at least 500 pupils was passed with 26 unanimous votes on final readings in the Knesset plenum.

The bill proposed by MKs Ya’acov Margi and Ahmad Tibi was an amendment to the law requiring first-aid kits in educational institutions. It added the requirement for defibrillators, devices that are often successful in rescuing patients from life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias and can be used without significant training.

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At present, a law obligates government ministries, local authorities and the owners of public places such as malls and airports to install defibrillators, even though implementation of the law has been slow.

The automatic defibrillators gives voice instructions so that anyone can use them to save lives until emergency medical personnel arrive on the scene.

Tibi, a gynecologist by training, said on Tuesday: “I have initiated quite a few laws, but this law has a special emotional significance for me. I knew an eight-year-old child who died in a schoolyard because an ambulance arrived 45 minutes after his heart stopped. If this law had existed then, it is reasonable to assume that

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