Senate committee discussing playground defibrillators

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SALEM, Ore. — An Oregon Senate committee is considering improving the potential safety of young children and athletes. The discussion centers around children hit in the chest by a baseball or other objects and go into cardiac arrest.

The Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee on Tuesday heard from the parents of a young boy who died after being hit in the chest with a football.

The bill would require that a defibrillator be located within a one-minute walk of playgrounds and sports fields.

Under current law, all public schools must have at least one automated external defibrillator on campus.

Oregon law also requires that schools keep defibrillators in health clubs, and places of public assembly such as auditoriums and gymnasiums.