Washington D.C. State AED Law

Washington D.C. State AED Law

 Summary of Requirements
AED-Check.jpgPhysicianA 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
AED-Check.jpgCPR/AED TrainingExpected 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.
AED-Check.jpgEMS NotificationAny 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.jpgMaintenance ProgramThe 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
 AED-Check.jpgNotification of UseAny 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

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DC ST § 44-233 – 2009

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

 Laws / Legislation
§ 44-232
 2009Outlines instructions to ensure a comprehensive plan for training, certification, and credentialing of cardiac care providers in the use of AEDs.
B15-08252004Installation 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


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