The State of Arkansas has issued an AED law that requires that an organization performs certain tasks to remain compliant with the law. The following requirements are stated in the Arkansas AED Law:
"(a) In order to ensure the public health and safety, a person or entity who acquires an automated external defibrillator shall ensure that:
- (A) Expected automated external defibrillators users complete appropriate knowledge and skills courses at least once every two years (2) in CPR and automated external defibrillator use based upon current American Heart Association scientific guidelines, standards, and recommendations for providing CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators as published in American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or equivalent course materials;
- The defibrillator is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines and instructions; and
- Any person who renders emergency care or treatment on a person in cardiac arrest by using an automated external defibrillator activates the emergency medical services system as soon as possible and immediately reports any clinical use of the automated external defibrillator to the medical provider responding to the emergency.
(b) Any person or entity who acquires an automated external defibrillator shall notify an agent of emergency communications, 911, or vehicle dispatch center of the existence, location, and type of automated external defibrillator."
The Arkansas AED Law requires organizations to follow the requirements above when maintaining their AED Program. Having staff trained in CPR and AED use allows the staff to be prepared for an emergency. The AED should have the pads and batteries replaced according to the manufacture's guidelines. Most AEDs require the pads to be replaced every 2 years and the battery to be replaced every 2-5 years (depending on the manufacture). It is important to keep the AED fully functional at all times to ensure that the AED is available for use in case of an emergency.
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