Pennsylvania State AED Law

Pennsylvania State AED Law

 Summary of Requirements
AED-Check.jpgPhysicianEntities purchasing an automated external defibrillator must have
physician approval for AED purchase. State EMS office recommends use of a
physician medical director.
AED-Check.jpgCPR/AED TrainingExpected 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.jpgEMS NotificationThe 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.jpgMaintenance Program

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

 AED-Check.jpgNotification of UseA 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.

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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
 24 P.S. § 14-14232014Sets 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. § 21742012Sets guidelines for AED programs in health clubs.
SB 3512011Extends Good Samaritan law and requires entities acquiring AEDs to properly maintain them.
HB 15252011Requires 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 § 2800.962011Outlines AED requirements for assisted living facilities.
HB 27782010Requires hotels to provide and maintain AEDs.




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