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AED Legal Analysis for Alabama

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AEDs are required in every public school, grades K to 12. “Expected users” must receive CPR/AED training by the person or entity who acquires the AED, although no specific number of “expected users” is spelled out. Local emergency medical services must be notified of AEDs location and the acquirer’s AED program must be supervised by a medical doctor or “medical authority”. Good Samaritan protection extends to the AED acquirer or provider if the device is properly maintained and CPR/AED training is provided. Immunity from civil liablility extends to an AED user (trained or not) who exercises ordinary care.

Bill
Number
Effective Date Sponsor Abstract
 HJR 504 Automated external defibrillators, Alabama Council of Emergency Medical Services and Alabama Chapter of the American Heart Association, requested to contact manufacturers to establish program to register
 HR 505 2003-10-06 Automated External Defibrillators, manufacturers requested to establish program to register �
 HB 68 2006-05-01 Good Samaritan Law, certain licensed engineers, architects, land surveyors, contractors, and subcontractors who participate without compensation in emergency response activities granted civil immunity, Sec. 6-5-332 am'd. An Act To amend Section 6-5-332, Code of Alabama 1975, the Good Samaritan Law, to provide civil immunity to certain licensed engineers, architects, land surveyors, contractors, and subcontractors who, under the direction or supervision of an emergency agency, render emergency response activities without compensation.
 SB 306 2009-05-15 Automated external defibrillator, placement in each public school required, Education Department to administer. An Act to Require that an automated external defibrillator be placed in each public K-12 school in Alabama; and in connection therewith would have as its purpose or effect the requirement of a new or increased expenditure of local funds within the meaning of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 111.05 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended. This bill would require that an automated external defibrillator be placed in each public K-12 school in Alabama. Amendment 621 of the Constitution of...
 HB 510 2011-09-01 Good Samaritan Law, civil immunity granted to certain persons for emergency care at an accident or emergency, Sec. 6-5-332 am'd. An Act to Amend Section 6-5-332 of the Code of Alabama 1975, the Good Samaritan Law, to provide civil immunity to any person, who, in good faith and without compensation, participates in emergency response activities. Under existing law, certain persons who render assistance at the scene of an accident or emergency situation are in certain circumstances granted civil immunity for their actions. This bill would provide civil immunity to any person, who, in good faith and without compensation, participates in emergency response activities.

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