Every state has its own legislation and rules regarding AED use. For example, your state may have specific AED rules on what type of training is required, whether you need to register your AED program with Emergency Medical Services (EMS), whether you need to follow up with EMS after AED use, and whether your AED program needs to have a state-licensed medical supervisor.
Useful Resources for AED Legislation
To help you become more familiar with federal and state AED legislation, we have assembled the following resources:
A summary of federal AED legislation. This website summarizes several key pieces of federal legislation that have been passed in the last 10 to 20 years, including the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act and the Community Access to Emergency Devices Act — also known as the Community AED Act. (Philips ChainofSurvival.com)
Every state has a Good Samaritan law. This law, along with the federal Cardiac Arrest Survival Act, offers limited immunity for individuals who render emergency treatment with a defibrillator. Specific protection varies by state.
Where to Clarify Your State’s AED Rules
If you are unclear about your state’s rules for AED use, contact your state Emergency Medical Services (EMS) office.