AED Legal Analysis for District Of Columbia

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Summary

A person entity who acquires an AED shall ensure that expected AED users receive CPR/AED training, that the AED is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines, and written records of the maintenance and testing are maintained and notification of AED location to EMS.
A physician shall oversee all aspects of AED program, including training, and equipment maintenance.
Fee-based registration is required for all AED programs, to be renewed every 4 years.
Good Samaritan protection is extended to rescuers and persons or entities responsible for the AED site, AED users, trainers, and medical directors.
AEDs are required in all District parks.

Bills

Statute Law Type Effective Date Abstract
DC ST § 44-232 Training Requirement; Physician Requirement; Registration Requirement A person who or entity that acquires an AED shall ensure that: (1) Expected AED users receive training from an nationally recognized course in CPR and in the use of an AED, and that the users maintain their certification in CPR and AED use; (2) The defibrillator is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines, and written records of the maintenance and testing are maintained; (3) A physician licensed in the District of Columbia shall oversee all aspects of the defibrillation program, including training, coordination with the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (“Department”), protocol approval, AED deployment strategies, and equipment maintenance plan, and shall review each case in which the AED is used by the program; and (4) Any person who uses an AED to provide emergency care or treatment on a person in cardiac arrest shall activate the Department's emergency medical service system as soon as possible, and shall report any clinical use of the AED to the licensed physician or medical authority. Data on AED use shall be submitted to the Department and reviewed by the Department. The defibrillation program must be registered with the Department and the Department will issue to the defibrillation program a certificate of registration. The certificate of registration shall expire after 4 years. To renew a certificate of registration, the person or entity shall be required to repeat the application process. Any person or entity who acquires an AED shall notify an agent of the Fire Chief, the EMS Medical Director, and the emergency communications or vehicle dispatch center of the existence of the AED and the Department of the existence, location, and type of AED. If an AED is removed, the Department shall be notified.
DC ST § 44-233 Good Samaritan The law limits civil liability under certain circumstances of use, or an attempted use, of an AED. The immunity from civil liability extends to the person or entity responsible for the site where the AED is located.
DC ST § 44-232.01 Mandate Requires every recreational facility (as defined by the statute) to have an AED.

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