AED Legal Analysis for Arkansas

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Summary

A person or entity that acquires an AED shall ensure that expected users be trained in CPR/AED, notify EMS of AED type and location and assure that the AED is maintained and tested according to the manufacturers guidelines.
Good Samaritan immunity for the rescuer and person or entity responsible for AED acquisition or for the location the AED is located or used. CPR/AED trainers and medical directors are also covered.
AEDs are required in health clubs/fitness centers and schools.
Students in grades 9 - 12 must take non-certification CPR/AED training.

Bills

Statute Law Type Effective Date Abstract
A.C.A. § 6-10-122 Mandate The law requires an automated external defibrillator placement on each school campus in Arkansas.
A.C.A. § 20-13-1304 Training Requirements; Registration Requirements; Other Requirements A person or entity that acquires an AED must ensure that: (1) expected AED users complete appropriate knowledge and skills courses at least one time every two years in CPR and AED use; (2) the defibrillator is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines and instructions; and (3) any person who renders emergency care or treatment on a person in cardiac arrest by using an AED activates the emergency medical services system as soon as possible and immediately reports any clinical use of the AED to the medical provider responding to the emergency. Any person or entity that acquires an AED shall notify an agent of emergency communications, 911, or vehicle dispatch center of the existence, location, and type of automated external defibrillator.
A.C.A. § 20-13-1306 Mandate The law requires automatic external defibrillators in health spas.
A.C.A. § 20-13-1305 Good Samaritan The law limits civil liability under certain circumstances of use, or an attempted use, of an AED. Any person or entity that in good faith and without compensation renders emergency care by the use of an AED is immune from civil liability for any personal injury as a result of any act if the person acts as an ordinary, reasonably prudent person would have acted under the same circumstances. The immunity from civil liability for any personal injury includes the person or entity responsible for the location where the AED is located or used.

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