AED Legal Analysis for Missouri

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Summary

AED acquirer shall ensure that expected users receive CPR/AED training, that the AED is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines, and AED location is reported to local EMS.
AED owner shall have a physician review and approve the clinical protocol for the use of the AED.
Good Samaritan protection for rescuers, persons responsible for AED site, AED owner and medical oversight physician.

Bills

Statute Law Type Effective Date Abstract
V.A.M.S. 190.092 Training Requirement; Physician Requirement; Registration Requirement; Good Samaritan A person or entity who acquires an AED must ensure: (1) expected defibrillator users receive proper training; (2) that the defibrillator is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines; (3) that any person who renders emergency care or treatment on a person in cardiac arrest by using an automated external defibrillator activates the emergency medical services system as soon as possible; and (4) any person or entity that owns an automated external defibrillator that is for use outside of a health care facility shall have a physician review and approve the clinical protocol for the use of the defibrillator, review and advise regarding the training and skill maintenance of the intended users of the defibrillator and assure proper review of all situations when the defibrillator is used to render emergency care. Any person or entity who acquires an automated external defibrillator shall notify the emergency communications district or the ambulance dispatch center of the primary provider of emergency medical services where the automated external defibrillator is to be located. Any person who gratuitously and in good faith renders emergency care by use an AED shall not be held liable for any civil damages as a result of such care or treatment, unless the person acts in a willful and wanton or reckless manner in providing the care, advice, or assistance. The person or entity responsible for the site where the AED is located, the person or entity that owns the AED, and others are likewise not be held liable for civil damages resulting from the use of an AED.

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