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Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners Adopts AED Mandate

According to Board Number 45, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, the Mississippi State Board of Dental examiners adopts a new Automated External Defibrillator (AED unit) mandate for dental offices. Regulation Number 45 reads:

“Effective July 1, 2012, all dental offices in the State of Mississippi shall be required to have a minimum of
one (1) properly functioning Automated External Defibrillator (AED), or equivalent defibrillator, on the
premises of each dental office. Each AED, or equivalent defibrillator, shall be maintained in a properly
functioning capacity at all times. Proof of the availability of a properly functioning AED, or equivalent
defibrillator, shall be made available for review at any time by any member of the Board or by any
designated agent of the Board.”

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The Darius Jones Foundation – A Mother’s Crusade to Deploy AEDs

Below is an excerpt from a letter of support written by Annuvia to Ms. Monique Bradley, the President of the Darius Jones Foundation and mother of 15-year-old sudden cardiac arrest victim Darius Jones. Ms. Bradley had the opportunity to take many paths after losing her son, but none more noble than to help prevent other mothers from living through the grief she experienced. Ms. Bradley helps remind those in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and CPR training industry remember why we do what we do.

“Ms. Bradley,

Having been in the AED industry since its infancy, Annuvia has had the opportunity to become acquainted with many periods in which an AED unit was deployed as intended, thus resulting in preventable death. Unfortunately, however, we’ve also experienced numerous stories, such as your own, when an AED was not used. That said, your story is special and touched me like few others.

I was incredibly touched by your email and our phone call. I appreciate your candor regarding the ambitious goals you have for The Darius Jones Foundation. The story of your son’s life is truly inspiring and the way you’re bouncing back, setting out to ensure that other parents are not forced to go through the same agony you’ve faced, is equally inspiring.

Stories like yours remind us of the importance of deploying public access defibrillators. Please let us know if there are any specific things we can do to help honor your son’s name and the wonderful Foundation you’re building.

Very best.


Micah Bongberg


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