AED Legal Analysis for Alabama

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AEDs are required in every public K-12 school.

An AED acquirer or provider must ensure that the device is properly maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's guidelines, and must encourage (but need not require) expected AED users to complete an AED/CPR training course.

Provided they act as an ordinary prudent person would under the same circumstances, the following are entitled to immunity from civil liability stemming from use of an AED: AED users (trained or not); those who acquire AEDs; CPR/AED trainers; and medical professionals involved with AED programs.

10th grade public school students enrolled in health classes receive CPR training.

All kidney dialysis and transplant centers must have an AED.

Related Laws

Statute Law Type Effective Date Abstract
Ala. Code 420-5-20-.04 Personnel & Training 2018-02-14 An assisted living facility with an AED shall be staffed at all times by at least one individual with a current certification in CPR and AED use.
Ala. Code 1975 § 6-5-332 Good Samaritan 2011-09-01 The law limits civil liability under certain circumstances of use, or an attempted use, of an AED. A person or entity, who in good faith and without compensation renders emergency care, which may include the use of an AED, will be immune from civil liability for any personal injury as a result of 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 prudent person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances. This immunity extends to the person or entity responsible for the site where the AED is located.
Ala. Code 1975 § 6-5-332.3 Other requirements 2011-09-01 A person or entity who acquires an AED shall notify the distributor of the AED if any change of ownership of the AED occurs, ensure the AED is maintained and tested according to manufacturer's guidelines.
Ala. Admin. Code r. 420-5-5-.03 Mandate 2001-10-25 Requires all end stage renal disease treatment and transplant centers to have an AED.
Ala. Code § 16-40-8 Training Requirements 1975-05-24
Ala. Code 1975 § 16-1-45 Mandate The law requires an automated external defibrillator placement in each public K-12 school in Alabama.

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