Requirements

Requirements

AED State
Laws

All fifty states have enacted laws and/or regulations requiring that public gathering places have AEDs available. The intent of these laws and regulations are so sudden cardiac death or neurological damage will not be the end result in any of these attacks. 

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Highlights

  • California requires that all health clubs carry AEDs. Many schools, airports and sports arenas have them as well. Florida was the first state to enact AED laws in 1997. Each state provides Good Samaritan protection as well as legislation requirements for establishing an AED program.
  • Approximately 400,000 Americans will experience a life-threatening condition each year called sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Many of these victims will die if early medical treatment doesn’t arrive in less than ten minutes.
  • Traditional first aid, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), isn’t enough if the victim is suffering an SCA. SCA is the sudden interruption of the heart’s electrical activity resulting in an abnormal rhythm called ventricular defibrillation (VF), if VF is not corrected by defibrillating (shocking) the heart with an automated external defibrillator (AED), the victim will most likely die or suffer severe neurological damage.
  • SCA can strike any person, no matter how young or old they are, and no matter how healthy they are; and while it is not preventable, sudden cardiac death can be prevented if the SCA is treated properly and quickly. Many experts agree that implementing the “chain of survival” is the key to saving lives.
  • According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), most of the bills enacted from 1997 to 2001 included one or more provisions to:
    • Establish legislative intent that an “automatic external defibrillator may be used by any person for the purpose of saving the life of another person in cardiac arrest.”
    • Encourage or require training in the use of AED devices by potential users.
    • Require AED devices to be maintained and tested to manufacturer’s standards.
    • Create a registry of the location of all such defibrillators, or notification of a local emergency medical authority.
    • Allow a “Good Samaritan” exemption from liability for any individual who renders emergency treatment with a defibrillator.
    • Authorize a state agency to establish more detailed requirements for training and registration.

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Did you know Florida requires CPR/AED Training?

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Did you know California requires CPR/AED Training?

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Did you know Nebraska requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Missouri requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Massachusetts requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Maine requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Kansas has AED maintenance requirements?

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Did you know Indiana has AED maintenance requirements?

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Did you know Idaho requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Colorado requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Arizona requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know West Virginia requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know New York requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Virginia requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Ohio requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Mississippi requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Louisiana requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know New Jersey requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Texas requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Pennsylvania requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know New Hampshire requires CPR/AED Training?

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Did you know Oklahoma requires AED registration with you local first responders?

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Did you know Wisconsin requires AED registration with your local first responders?

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Did you know Illinois requires CPR/AED Training?

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Did you know Utah requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know South Dakota requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Oregon requires CPR/AED Training?

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Did you know North Dakota requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know New Mexico requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Nevada requires CPR/AED Training?

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Did you know Montana requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Maryland requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Iowa has AED maintenance requirements?

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Did you know Conneticut requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Rhode Island requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Tennessee requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Alabama has AED maintenance requirements?

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Did you know Georgia requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Delaware requires CPR/AED Training?

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Did you know South Carolina requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know North Carolina requires CPR/AED Training?

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Did you know Arkansas requires CPR/AED Training?

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Did you know Wyoming requires CPR/AED Training?

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Did you know Washington D.C. requires Medical Direction?

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Did you know Vermont has AED maintenance requirements?

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