Louisiana law: LSA-R.S. 40:1137.3

Statute: LSA-R.S. 40:1137.3

Law Type: Training Requirement; Physician Requirement; Registration Requirement; Mandate

Status: Enacted

Enacted on: 2017-02-15

Law type: Good Samaritan

Any person or entity that possesses an AED shall ensure that: (1) the AED is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's guidelines; (2) A licensed physician or advanced practice registered nurse who is authorized to prescribe is involved in the possessor's program to ensure compliance with the requirements for training, emergency medical service (EMS) notification, and maintenance; (3)(a) Expected AED users regularly, on the premises of a particular entity, such as a work site or users who carry an AED in a private security patrol vehicle, receive appropriate training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and in the use of an AED from any nationally recognized course in CPR and AED use; (4) The emergency medical services system is activated as soon as possible when an individual renders emergency care to an individual in cardiac arrest by using an AED; (5) Any clinical use of the AED is reported to the licensed physician or advanced practice registered nurse involved in the possessor's program. Any person or entity that possesses an AED shall notify the bureau of emergency medical services of the Department of Health and Hospitals and a local provider of emergency medical services, such as 911 service, local ambulance service, or the fire department of the acquisition, location, and type of AED. Also, the owner of or the entity responsible for a physical fitness facility, and any institution of higher education that competes in intercollegiate athletics must keep an AED on its premises. Further, (a) each high school that participates in interscholastic athletics must have an AED on its premises, if funding is available, and (b) each high school in any parish with a population of more than 200,000 and less than 225,000 according to the latest federal census must have an AED on its premises.

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