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Pennsylvania State AED Law

 Summary of Requirements
Entities purchasing an automated external defibrillator must have physician approval for AED purchase. State EMS office recommends use of a physician medical director.
CPR/AED Training
Expected AED users shall complete training in the use of an AED provided by the American National Red Cross or the American Heart Association or through an equivalent course of instruction approved by the department of health in consultation with a technical committee of the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council.
AED-Check.jpg  EMS Notification The Pennsylvania State EMS Office recommends notifying the regional EMS council and local EMS providers and/or local 911 centers of the implementation of an AED.
AED-Check.jpg Maintenance Program

The defibrillator must be maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines.

 AED-Check.jpg Notification of Use
A user of an AED must utilize available means to immediately contact and activate the emergency medical services system. Any appropriate data or information must be made available to emergency medical services personnel or other health care providers as requested.


 Good Samaritan Protection
Property Owner
Physician Trainer

42 PA.C.S.A. § 8331.2 - 2012

Provides Good Samaritan protection for use of an AED and establishes guidelines for AED programs.


 Laws / Legislation
Date Summary
 24 P.S. § 14-1423 2014  Sets guidelines for AED programs in schools. Including the fund receiving policies for schools with the intent on acquiring and maintaining an AED.
73 P.S. § 2174  2012  Sets guidelines for AED programs in health clubs.
SB 351
Extends Good Samaritan law and requires entities acquiring AEDs to properly maintain them.
HB 1525
2011 Requires that health clubs with services offered during nonstaffed hours be equipped with an AED, panic button, emergency phone, and personal security device.
 55 PA. Code § 2800.96 2011 Outlines AED requirements for assisted living facilities.
HB 2778
2010 Requires hotels to provide and maintain AEDs.

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