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CPR and AED Training in Delaware Schools - Delaware Regulation 851

Through the hard work by Jonathan Kirch of the American Heart Association and Michael Ramone, Delaware Sate Senator, District 21, the Delaware State School Board and Department of Education has revised Delaware Regulation 851 to require education of Delaware students in CPR and use of an AED.

Delaware Regulation 851 K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program

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After a law or ammendment is passed in the State of Delaware, the State's applicable regulations are created or revised. Delaware's regulations are called "The Delaware Code".  The Delaware Code is divided into sections called Titles.  Specific subsections of each Title are called Chapters.  The applicable  Title for Health and Safety is Title 16.  Regulations for Emergency Medical Services are found in Chpater 97.  Regulations for Automatic External Defibrillators are found in Chapter 30c.

DE Code for Emergency Medical Services

Title 16 - Health and Safety, Part X - Paramedic and Other Emergency Medical Service Systems, Chapter 97. Emergency Medical Services Systems establishes and/or identifies specific roles and responsibilities in regard to emergency medical services in Delaware in order to reduce morbidity and mortality rates for the citizens of Delaware and to ensure quality of emergency care services, within available resources, through the effective coordination of the emergency medical services system.  To review Title 16 Safety & Health, Chapter 97 EMS click here.

DE Code for Early Defibrillation & AEDs 

Title 16 - Health and Safety, Part II, Regulatory Provisions Concerning Public Health, Chapter 30C. Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDS) describe the regulations for providing and using AEDs in the State of Delaware. To review Title 16 Safety & Health, Chapter 30C AEDs, click here.

The Delaware Early Defibrillator Program Rules and Regulations - effective March 29, 2007

This regulation is managed by the Delaware Office of Emergency Medical Services. This regulation establishes:

  • The criteria for training and right to practice of emergency responders to administer automatic external cardiac defibrillation in an out-of-hospital environment; 
  • Standards identified by the State Emergency Medical Services Medical Director for certification of Early Defibrillation Services through the Office of Emergency Medical Services; and, 
  • Procedures to assure equipment and training standardization, quality assurance and improvement and uniform data collection.  

Click here to review DE's Early Defibrillation Program and download Regulations

Guidelines for Public Access Defibrillators (PAD)

These guidelines are managed by the Delaware Office of Emergency Medical Services. The purpose of these guidelines is to:

  • Provide a framework for a public access defibrillation (PAD) programs. 
  • To familiarize administrators with essential elements of such a program.  

Click here to review the Delaware PAD Guidelines

Resolutions - CPR/AED Training

Delaware Laws and Regulations

DE SCA Prevention Act - Grace Firestone Act

DE SCA Prevention Act - Grace Firestone Act

On August 25, 2014, Governor Markell signed Senate Bill 205 (147 Assembly), the DE SCA Prevention Act.  The bill was co-sponsored by Senators Bethany Hall-Long and Catherine Cloutier.  The intent of the act is to protect Delaware student athletes from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  

The Act requires school districts to:

  1. Develop and make publicly available a sudden cardiac arrest information sheet that includes information regarding the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest;
  2. Prior to participating in practice or competition, require each student athlete and the athlete's parent or guardian, sign and return a sudden cardiac arrest information sheet designed by the Association;
  3. Require each student athlete to complete a heart history questionnaire as part of the pre-participation physical examination;
  4. Hold a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation ("CPR") certification for all school appointed head coaches, which includes training on the use of an automated external defibrillator; and
  5. Present to coaches and officials Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness information.

Protecting Children and Youth from Sudden Cardiac Arrest