OUACHITA PARISH (KNOE 8 News) - Governor Edwards just signed a bill into law requiring all high schools in the state to keep automated external defibrillators on their campuses.
The Ouachita Parish School Board said most schools should already have external defibrillators on campus.
Current law states high school's are required to have these machines only if the funding is available, but now they are going to be required.
Automated external defibrillators; also known as aed's are proven to save lives right here in the ArkLaMiss.
"It monitors the hearts rhythm and looks for abnormalities and basically lethal arrhythmia, and if detects one it will deliver a shock to the patient to try to convert the lethal arrhythmia into a normal arrhythmia", Interventional Cardiologist Michael Langiulli said.
Dr. Langiulli said an aed should always be available everywhere physical activity is happening
He said requiring schools to have the machines is an excellent idea.
"Hopefully we can not just limit it to school, but really all places where their are kids and adults exercising. Because you really never know", Interventional Cardiologist Michael Langiulli said.
The Ouachita Parish School Board's high school director Mickey Merritt said all five of the school's in the district already have two; and have for several years.
"We try to have one in the upper part of the school where the nurses are and one in the athletic area where there's activity going on", Ouachita Parish School Board's high school director Mickey Merritt said.
House bill 123 goes into effect January 1, 2018.
The bill states if you can't afford an aed one will be given to the school through a donation or grant.