AED Legal Analysis for Kentucky

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Summary

AED must be on-site for every high school athletic activity or sporting event and high school coaches must be trained in CPR/AED.
AED acquirer responsible for training expected AED users, maintaining AED according to manufacturer’s operational guidelines, EMS notification of AED location and establishing physician medical oversight program to insure compliance with training, maintenance and EMS notification.
Good Samaritan protection for rescuers and physician, trainer, acquirer and entity responsible for AED site if requirements met.

Bills

Statute Law Type Effective Date Abstract
KRS § 311.667 Training Requirement; Physician Requirement; Registration Requirement Persons or entities that acquire an AED must ensure: i) that the expected AED users receive approved training in CPR and AED use; ii) that a Kentucky-licensed physician provides medical oversight of the AED program. The physician providing oversight shall also work with the AED site to establish protocols for AED deployment and conduct a review of each use of an AED; and iii) any person or entity who acquires an AED shall notify an agent of the local emergency medical services system and the local emergency communications or vehicle dispatch center of the existence, location, and type of AED acquired.
KRS § 311.668 Good Samaritan Any person or entity who, in good faith and without compensation, renders emergency care or treatment by the use of an AED shall be immune from civil liability for any personal injury as a result of the care or treatment, or as a result of any act or failure to act in providing or arranging further medical treatment, where the person acts as an ordinary, reasonable prudent person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances. This immunity includes the licensed physician responsible for the oversight of the AED program, and the person or entity responsible for the site where the AED is located. Note that this immunity from civil liability does not apply if the personal injury results from the gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct of the person rendering the emergency care.
201 KAR 8:550 Mandate Dentists must have an AED to qualify for an Anesthesia and Sedation Facility Certificate.

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