HHS and GSA Update Defibrillator Stations to Include Opioid Overdose Treatments

The departments updated guidelines to expand on-site safety stations for federal buildings.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) updated its guidelines for automated external defibrillator (AED) stations located within federal facilities, requiring various opioid reversal medications to be added to the stations. This is the first update to AED stations in 15 years and could save the lives of those experiencing an opioid overdose in or around schools, libraries, and other community institutions.

“These updated guidelines are based on the best available science and represent a flexible and collective response as a federal family,” said Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine. “An emergency can happen in any setting, including our workplaces. We all need to be prepared to save a life anytime, anywhere.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Xavier Becerra to be led by the Lord as he oversees HHS.
  • For Admiral Levine and the personnel who make up the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
  • For GSA Associate Administrator Krystal Brumfield as she fulfills her role in the Office of Acquisition and Government-wide Policy.

Sources: Department of Health and Human Services

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