AED Legal Analysis for Connecticut

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All schools must have an AED, trained staff, and a response plan for sudden cardiac arrest. Colleges with athletic programs must have an AED and at least one person on the athletic staff trained in CPR/AED. College athletic departments must maintain and test this AED in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines.

Golf courses must have an AED.

Health clubs must have at least one AED with staff trained in CPR/AED. AED must be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines and the local EMS service provider must be notified after each AED use. (effective 10/1/2022)

Good Samaritan protection in the form of civil immunity for ordinary negligence is provided for rescuers who voluntarily and gratuitously provide emergency assistance using an AED and for anyone who provides or maintains an AED; this immunity does not extend to gross, willful or wanton negligence. AED/CPR trainers and medical directors are not specifically named.

The law does not mandate training, registration, medical oversight, or specific maintenance of AEDs except as described above.

CPR training is a required part of the health and safety curriculum of each school district.

Related Laws

Statute Law Type Effective Date Abstract
C.G.S.A. § 21a-223 Mandate 2021-06-07 Health clubs, effective 10/1/2022, must have at least one AED, ensure at least one employee is on the premises during staffed business hours who is trained in CPR/AED, maintain and test the AED in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines, and notify EMS after each AED use
C.G.S.A. § 10a-55l Mandate 2020-03-26 Requires each athletic department in higher education to have an AED available during intercollegiate sports practice, training, and competition. At least one AED shall be maintained in a central location and accessible to employees and student athletes and at least one licensed athletic trainer or other person who is trained in CPR and AED usage must be on the premises during all hours of intercollegiate sport practice, training, and competition.
C.G.S.A. § 19a-197c Mandate 2012-01-01 Requires each public golf course to have an AED.
C.G.S.A. § 52-557b Good Samaritan The law limits civil liability under certain circumstances of use, or an attempted use, of an AED. A person or entity that provides or maintains an AED shall not be liable for the acts or omissions of the person or entity in providing or maintaining the AED, which may constitute ordinary negligence.
C.G.S.A. § 10-212d Mandate Requires each K-12 school to have an AED.

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