The Illinois AED Law protects individuals and organizations that own AEDs from liability when the guidelines set forth in the law are followed. The State of Illinois AED Law states the following:
"a) A person acquiring an automated external defibrillator shall take reasonable measures to ensure that:
1) the automated external defibrillator is used only by trained AED users;
2) the automated external defibrillator is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's guidelines;
3) the automated external defibrillator is registered with the EMS system hospital in the vicinity of where the automated external defibrillator will primarily be located which shall oversee utilization of the automated external defibrillator and ensure that training and maintenance requirements are met; and
4) any person who renders out-of-hospital emergency care or treatment to a person in cardiac arrest by using an automated external defibrillator activates the EMS system as soon as possible and reports any clinical use of the automated external defibrillator.
b) A person in possession of an automated external defibrillator shall notify an agent of the local emergency communications or vehicle dispatch center of the existence, location, and type of the automated external defibrillator."
Any organization or individual that purchases an AED in the State of Illinois must adhere to the guidelines set forth in the law. The law requires the AED to be properly maintained according the manufacture's guidelines, which states that the pads and batteries must be replaced prior to the expiration date. Local EMS must be notified of the existence of the new AED. Training should be provided to any individual that would most likely use the AED.
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