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Legalities & Liability

AED AUTHORITY® is here to be your resource for Legalities and Liabilities when it comes to your AED responsibilities.


U.S. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROTECTION

On November 13, 2000 President Clinton signed the federal "Cardiac Arrest Survival Act", in H.R. 2498, now Public Law 106-505, regarding the placement of AEDs in federal buildings and providing civil immunity for authorized users. If a Good Samaritan, building owner, or renter acts in good faith to purchase or use an AED to save a life, this law will provide protection from unfair lawsuits.

Legalities & Liability

AED programs can be developed in a way that makes them effective and manages liability risks. In addition, Good Samaritan immunity laws exist which may provide another layer of protection.

Many state AED Statutes/Codes have requirements that must be followed in order to qualify for immunity.  Examples of some of the operational requirements found in these statutes include:

  • Medical oversight and direction
  • AED Maintenance and ongoing records of this maintenance
  • Written AED policies and procedures
  • Agency notification of the type and placement of AEDs
  • AED training
  • Post Event Services

These laws, combined with wider use of AEDs and mounting evidence that AEDs improve survival rates, are leading to evolving standards of care.

AED Authority® continually monitors existing and new AED laws. For example, there are currently 226 new AED Bills in front of various legislatures in the United States alone. AED Authority® maintains a reference library of AED laws; for copies of these please contact us.

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