Washington State AED Law – Dental Offices
In the United States more than 1000 people died today from something easily prevented. In the United States, Sudden Cardiac Arrest kills more people every year than car accidents, breast and prostrate cancer, handguns, fires and AIDS – combined! New Washington State legislation is helping to cut down on this epidemic. Effective March 2, 2009 all dental offices in the state of Washington using any form of anesthetic agent are required to have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) onsite. Additionally, “the dentist and staff must be prepared to use this equipment in an emergency” and all “dental staff providing direct patient care…must hold current and valid health care provider basic life support (BLS) certification,” according to Washington State’s Department of Health WAC § 246-817-701.
In order to help Washington’s dentists meet the standards of this new requirement, Annuvia, a national organization and distributor of AED units for the leading AED manufacturers has built an affordable, turn-key strategy to help ensure full legal compliance. “We recognize that dentists, like many other small business owners, are being greatly affected by today’s economic environment. Moreover, the financial squeeze of a state-wide mandate requiring products and additional training services makes compliance with this ordinance particularly burdensome. With this in mind, Annuvia has built a turn-key solution for organizations to meet all legislative requirements while keeping an eye on the bottom line,” says Micah Bongberg, VP of Business Development for Annuvia.
More information on this new rule can be found at www.annuvia.com.