Bookmark This: AED laws enacted in 2010


In 2010, state legislatures considered more than a hundred pieces of legislation pertaining to automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Many bills honored citizens who rescued victims of sudden cardiac arrest, while others recommended AED placements in communities.

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Dozens of bills included mandates for AED placement and training, or extended Good Samaritan protection to individuals who use AEDs and the business and other organizations that own AEDs. Nine of these pieces of legislation made it through committees and hearings and were signed into law in 2010:

California: A new AED law (Chapter 500, Statutes of 2010) went into effect Jan. 1, extending indefinitely an existing law that requires health studios to have AEDs and meeting training and maintenance standards. The existing law had been scheduled to expire July 1, 2012. While the new law also extends exemption from civil damages resulting from use of an AED by health studio employees, it also contains a provision that studios that give clients access to facilities when no AED-trained staff are present will waive that exemption from liability. The new law amends Section 104113 of the state Health and Safety Code. (Contact California AED SpecialistMark Hermes)

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FloridaFlorida House Bill 945 (Senate Bill 2008) was enacted, requiring licensed assisted living facilities with 17 beds or more to have AEDs on the premises and authorizing the Department of Elderly Affairs to adopt rules relating to AED use. The bill included $146,677 in funding. (Contact Florida AED SpecialistMike Castleman)

Louisiana: Public Act: 459, signed by the governor in August, limits civil liability for individuals who use an AED in good faith during an emergency. (Contact Louisiana AED Specialist Roger Mattei)

New York: Public Act: 243 protects businesses with AEDs and their employees against civil liability for use of an AED, unless gross negligence is shown; it also requires that a provider of an AED assure that anticipated users receive recognized, evidence-based training. (Contact New York AED SpecialistMarc Savino)

Oregon: Public Act: 27 modifies the circumstances under which business and organizations are required to have AEDs on the premises. Public Act: 62 requires school campuses to have an AED on the premises by Jan. 1, 2015. (Contact Oregon AED Specialist Jeffrey Hoyt)

Tennessee: The Tanner Lee Jameson Act requires that when a school receives its first AED, the AED must be placed in the gymnasium, or, if there is no gym, in the area used for physical education and sports. (Contact Tennessee AED Specialist Ben Jennings)

West VirginiaPublic Act: 93 limits liability for individuals who use AEDs in an emergency and who are not healthcare providers. (Contact West Virginia AED Specialist Valerie Joseph)

WisconsinPublic Act: 274 requires public and private high schools to offer students instruction in CPR and AED use, based on training programs established by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. (Contact Wisconsin AED Specialist Matt Lese)

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