AED Legal Analysis for Washington

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Summary

AED acquirer must train expected users, maintain and test AED according to manufacturer’s guidelines, notify EMS of AED location and provide physician medical direction.
AED required in all dental offices that administer anesthesia or sedatives. Good Samaritan protection for rescuers.
School districts must provide one time CPR/AED training as part of health class.

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Statute Law Type Effective Date Abstract
Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 70.54.310. Registration; Training; Good Samaritan As used in this section, “defibrillator” means a semiautomatic external defibrillator as prescribed by a physician licensed or an osteopath licensed. A person or entity who acquires a defibrillator shall ensure that: (a) Expected defibrillator users receive reasonable instruction in defibrillator use and cardiopulmonary resuscitation by a course approved by the department of health; (b) The defibrillator is maintained and tested by the acquirer according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines; (c) Upon acquiring a defibrillator, medical direction is enlisted by the acquirer from a licensed physician in the use of the defibrillator and cardiopulmonary resuscitation; (d) The person or entity who acquires a defibrillator shall notify the local emergency medical services organization about the existence and the location of the defibrillator; and (e) The defibrillator user shall call 911 or its local equivalent as soon as possible after the emergency use of the defibrillator and shall assure that appropriate follow-up data is made available as requested by emergency medical service or other health care providers. A person who uses a defibrillator at the scene of an emergency and all other persons and entities providing services under this section are immune from civil liability for any personal injury that results from any act or omission in the use of the defibrillator in an emergency setting. The immunity from civil liability does not apply if the acts or omissions amount to gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.
Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 4.24.300. Good Samaritan Any person, including but not limited to a volunteer provider of emergency or medical services, who without compensation or the expectation of compensation renders emergency care at the scene of an emergency or who participates in transporting, not for compensation, therefrom an injured person or persons for emergency medical treatment shall not be liable for civil damages resulting from any act or omission in the rendering of such emergency care or in transporting such persons

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