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District of Columbia AED Law

 Summary of Requirements
A physician licensed in the District of Columbia shall oversee all aspects of the defibrillation program, including training, coordination with the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (“Department”), protocol approval, AED deployment strategies, and equipment maintenance plan, and shall review each case in which the AED is used by the program.
CPR/AED Training
Expected AED users must receive training from and be certified by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or an equivalent state or nationally recognized course, in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (“CPR”) and in the use of an AED, and the users must maintain their certification in CPR and AED use.
EMS Notification Any person or entity who acquires an AED shall notify an agent of the Fire Chief, the EMS Medical Director, and the emergency communications or vehicle dispatch center of the existence of the AED and the Department of the existence, location, and type of AED. If an AED is removed, the Department shall be notified.
AED-Check.jpg Maintenance Program
The defibrillator must be maintained and tested according to the manufacturer’s operational guidelines, and written records of the maintenance and testing must be maintained. Upon meeting the requirements of subsection (a) of this section, the defibrillation program shall be registered with the Department and the Department shall issue to the defibrillation program a certificate of registration. There shall be a registration fee of $25. The certificate of registration shall expire after 4 years. To renew a certificate of registration, the person or entity shall be required to repeat the application process. If protocol is not followed, the Department may issue a citation, suspend certification, or revoke the certificate of registration.
 AED-Check.jpg Notification of Use
Any person who uses an AED to provide emergency care or treatment on a person in cardiac arrest shall activate the Department’s emergency medical service system as soon as possible, and shall report any clinical use of the AED to the licensed physician or medical authority. Data on AED use shall be submitted to the Department and reviewed by the Department.


 Good Samaritan Protection
Property Owner
Physician Trainer


DC ST § 44-233 - 2009

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


 Laws / Legislation
Date Summary
§ 44-232
 2009 Outlines instructions to ensure a comprehensive plan for training, certification, and credentialing of cardiac care providers in the use of AEDs.
B13-0735 2008 Establishes requirements for AED placement and provides for immunity protection.
Amends the Public Access to Automated Defibrillator Act of 2000 to require the installation of automatic external defibrillators in buildings that are owned or occupied by the District and accommodate more than 100 persons, in health clubs, and in privately-owned buildings that accommodate more than 1,000 persons.
Installation of Automated External Defibrillators Amendment Act - AEDs shall be installed in each building accommodating more than 1,000 occupants, and in each building that is owned or occupied by the District or any agency of the District accommodating more than 100 persons.

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