Texas State AED Law
| Summary of Requirements
||A licensed physician must be involved in the training program and placement to ensure compliance.|
||Each user of the automated external defibrillator must receive training given or approved by the Texas Department of Health in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of the automated external defibrillator.|
|EMS Notification||When a person or entity acquires an automated external defibrillator, the person or entity shall notify the local emergency medical services provider of the existence, location, and type of automated external defibrillator.|
||A person or entity that owns or leases an automated external defibrillator shall maintain and test the automated external defibrillator according to the manufacturer's guidelines.|
|Notification of Use
||A person or entity that provides emergency care to a person in cardiac
arrest by using an automated external defibrillator shall promptly
notify the local emergency medical services provider.
| Good Samaritan Protection
|No Current Legislation
|A person who in good faith administers emergency care, is not liable in
civil damages for an act performed during the emergency unless the act
is willfully or wantonly negligent, including a person who:
(1)Administers emergency care using an automated external defibrillator; or
(2)Administers emergency care as a volunteer who is a first responder as the term is defined under Section 421.095, Government Code.
The prescribing physician who authorizes the acquisition of an automated external defibrillator in accordance with this chapter, a person or entity that provides approved training in the use of an automated external defibrillator in accordance with this chapter, and the person or entity that acquires the automated external defibrillator and meets the requirements of this chapter are not liable for civil damages for such prescription, training, or acquisition unless the conduct is willfully or wantonly negligent. Any person or entity that acquires an automated external defibrillator and negligently fails to comply with the requirements of this chapter is liable for civil damages caused by such negligence.
| Laws / Legislation
||The State Board of Education shall require instruction in CPR for students in grades 7 through 12 (this excludes instructions for the use of an AED) beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.|
||2009||Requires that an AED be placed in nursing homes and related institutions.|
||Requires CPR certification in public schools for a coach, trainer, or sponsor for an extracurricular athletic activity, a physician who is employed by a school or school district or who volunteers to assist with an extracurricular athletic activity, and a director responsible for a school marching band.|
|SB 7||2007||Requires CPR instruction at certain school campuses and athletic events, and the creation of a cardiovascular screening pilot program.|
||Revises immunity protection to include a person using an automated external defibrillator and a volunteer first responder.|
||Requires that a licensed practitioner provide a prescription for purchase of an AED.|
|HB 4||2003||Revises immunity protection.|
Establishes immunity protection and AED placement requirements.
|Education Code Chapter 28||1995||A private school shall provide instruction to students in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator in a manner consistent with the requirements of this section and State Board of Education rules adopted under this section.|
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