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West Virginia State AED Law

 Summary of Requirements
Must designate a medical director for the coordination of the program, which shall include, but not be limited to, training, coordinating with EMS, creating AED deployment strategies and reviewing each operation of an AED.
CPR/AED Training
The anticipated operator of an AED must receive appropriate training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, referred to as "CPR", in the operation of an AED and in the determination of advance directives from the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, any other nationally recognized course in CPR and AED or an AED and CPR training program approved by the Office of Emergency Medical Services.
AED-Check.jpg  EMS Notification
An entity providing an early defibrillation program shall register the program with the Office of Emergency Medical Services, pursuant to article four-c of this chapter, identifying the placement of AEDs, training of anticipated operators, preplanned EMS system coordination, designation of a medical director, maintenance of AED equipment and reports of AED utilization.

Must notify the local EMS system and public safety answering point or other appropriate emergency dispatch center of the existence of an entity's early defibrillation program, the location of the program and the program's plan for coordination with the EMS system.
AED-Check.jpg Maintenance Program
Must maintain and test the AED in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines and keep written records of this maintenance and testing.
 AED-Check.jpg Notification of Use
An operator of an AED who renders emergency care or treatment on a person experiencing cardiac arrest shall activate the EMS system as soon as possible and shall report the use of an AED to the program medical director.


 Good Samaritan Protection
Property Owner
Physician Trainer

WV Code § 16-4D-4 - 2016

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


 Laws / Legislation
Date Summary
WV Code § 18-2-25c  2020 Requires Automated External Defibrillators and trained personnel at school athletic events and practices, effective by the 2021-2022 school year.
WV Code § 22-1-3 & 22-3-4 2018  AEDs are required at underground mines and surface mines.
WV Code
§ 30-4A-(4-7)
2016 Outlines AED requirements for dental offices. 
WV Code
§ 16-4D-1
2016 The West Virginia Legislature hereby finds and declares that each year more than two hundred fifty thousand Americans die from out-of-hospital incidents of sudden cardiac arrest. More than ninety-five percent of these incidents result in death and, in many cases, death occurs because properly trained persons with life-saving AEDs arrive at the scene too late.
WV Code
§ 16-4D-2
2016 Defines: Anticipated Operator, Automated External Defibrillator, Early Defibrillation Program, Emergency Medical Services, Entity, Medical Director, and Unanticipated Operator.
WV Code
§ 16-4D-3
2016  Outlines instructions to ensure the public health and safety for a person that acquires an AED.
WV Code
§ 18-2-9
2016  The state board shall prescribe a standardized health education assessment to be administered within health education classes to measure student health knowledge and program effectiveness.

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