West Virginia State AED Law

West Virginia State AED Law

 Summary of Requirements
AED-Check.jpgPhysicianMust 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.
AED-Check.jpgCPR/AED TrainingThe 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.jpgEMS 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.jpgMaintenance ProgramMust maintain and test the AED in accordance with the manufacturer’s
guidelines and keep written records of this maintenance and testing.
 AED-Check.jpgNotification of UseAn 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


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WV Code § 16-4D-4 – 2016

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

 Laws / Legislation
WV Code § 18-2-25c2020Requires Automated External Defibrillators and trained personnel at school athletic events and practices, effective by the 2021-2022 school year.
WV Code § 22-1-3 & 22-3-42018AEDs are required at underground mines and surface mines.
WV Code
§ 30-4A-(4-7)
2016Outlines AED requirements for dental offices.
WV Code
§ 16-4D-1
2016The 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
2016Defines: Anticipated Operator, Automated External Defibrillator, Early Defibrillation Program, Emergency Medical Services, Entity, Medical Director, and Unanticipated Operator.
WV Code
§ 16-4D-3
2016Outlines instructions to ensure the public health and safety for a person that acquires an AED.
WV Code
§ 18-2-9
2016The 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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