Slossberg Proposal Would Mandate Defibrillators at Athletic Fields
Last October, Joseph Ciancola, a 20-year-old baseball player from Orange, collapsed on a University of Rhode Island athletic field during a strength and conditioning workout and died three days later.
His mother, Michele Ciancola can only wonder if her son’s life could have been saved if emergency responders had access to an automated external defibrillator, or AED. She’ll never know.
Now Ciancola is supporting legislation proposed by state Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford), vice chairwoman of the Public Health Committee, that would require placement of an AED in athletic facilities at college campuses where the device would be readily available to athletes. The proposed language also mandates that athletic trainers get trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an AED in accordance with standards set by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.