AED Legal Analysis for Georgia
Medical oversight by a licensed physician is required to ensure proper training, EMS notification, and AED maintenance. The AED must be maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines.
Good Samaritan protection from civil liability is extended to rescuers as well as owners or operators who install or provide an AED. This protection is also offered to medical directors of AED programs and CPR/AED trainers.
Each public high school in this state which has an interscholastic athletics program must have at least one functional AED on site at all times.
All students in grades 9-12 must be trained in CPR/AED, though certification is not required.
Facilities performing conscious or deep sedation, or general anesthesia are required to have a defibrillator on site.
|Statute||Law Type||Effective Date||Abstract|
|GA Code - 20-2-149.1||Training Requirement||2018-02-14||Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, each local board of education which operates a school with grades nine through 12 shall provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator to its students as a requirement within existing health or physical education courses. Such training shall include either of the following and shall incorporate into the instruction the psychomotor skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use an automated external defibrillator. Certification is not required.|
|GA Rules & Regs - 150-13-.01||Other Requirements||2018-02-14||Facilities performing conscious sedation are required to have an AED on site.|
|GA Rules & Regs - 150-13-0.2||Other Requirements||2018-02-14||Facilities performing deep sedation or general anesthesia are required to have an AED on site.|
|Ga. Code Ann., § 51-1-29.3||Good Samaritan||2001-01-01||The law limits civil liability under certain circumstances of use, or an attempted use, of an AED. The immunity provided for extends to the owner or operator of any premises who installs or provides an AED.|
|Ga. Code Ann., § 31-11-53.1||Training Recommendation; Registration Requirement||Recommends that all persons who have access to or use an AED obtain appropriate training. The law requires all persons and entities possessing and maintaining an AED to notify the appropriate emergency medical services system of the existence and location of the AED prior to said defibrillator being placed in use. Also, all persons who use an automated external defibrillator must activate the emergency medical services system as soon as reasonably possible by calling 9-1-1 or the appropriate emergency telephone number upon use of the automated external defibrillator. Within a reasonable period of time, all persons who use an AED must make available a printed or electronically stored report to the licensed emergency medical services provider which transports the patient.|
|Ga. Code Ann., § 31-11-53.2||Training Requirement; Physician Requirement; Registration Requirement||Any person or entity who acquires an AED must ensure that: (A) expected users of the automated external defibrillator receive training in CPR and AED use by a nationally recognized course; (B) the defibrillator is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines; (C) there is involvement of a licensed physician or other person authorized by the composite board in the site's AED program to ensure compliance with requirements for training, notification, and maintenance; and (D) any person who renders emergency care or treatment to a person in cardiac arrest by using an AED activates the emergency medical services system as soon as possible and reports any clinical use of the AED to the licensed physician or other person authorized by the composite board who is supervising the program. Any person or entity who acquires an automated external defibrillator shall notify an agent of the emergency communications or vehicle dispatch center of the existence, location, and type of automated external defibrillator.|
|Ga. Code Ann., § 20-2-775||Mandate||Requires each public high school in this state which has an interscholastic athletics program to have an AED.|
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