The State of Pennsylvania has enacted an AED law that requires owners of an AED to adhere to certain guidelines when owning the AED to protect the organization and the individuals from liability. The Pennsylvania AED law states the following:
"(B) REQUIREMENTS.--ANY PERSON WHO ACQUIRES AND MAINTAINS AN AED FOR USE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR CIVIL DAMAGES PROVIDED THAT THE PERSON:
(1) ENSURES THAT EXPECTED AED USERS RECEIVE TRAINING PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (C).
(2) MAINTAINS AND TESTS THE AED ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURER'S OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES.
(3) PROVIDES INSTRUCTION REQUIRING THE USER OF THE AED TO UTILIZE AVAILABLE MEANS TO IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AND ACTIVATE THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES SYSTEM.
(4) ASSURES THAT ANY APPROPRIATE DATA OR INFORMATION IS MADE AVAILABLE TO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL OR OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AS REQUESTED.
(C) TRAINING.--FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, EXPECTED AED USERS SHALL COMPLETE TRAINING IN THE USE OF AN AED PROVIDED BY THE AMERICAN NATIONAL RED CROSS OR THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION OR THROUGH AN EQUIVALENT COURSE
OF INSTRUCTION APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN CONSULTATION WITH A TECHNICAL COMMITTEE OF THE PENNSYLVANIA EMERGENCY HEALTH SERVICES COUNCIL."
Pennsylvania requires AED owners to properly maintain the AED by following the manufacture's guidelines of maintaining the AED. Manufactures require that the pads and batteries be replaced according to the expiration dates.
Training the staff at the organization on how to properly perform CPR and how to utilize an AED is required. The training should be provided to those staff members that would be most expected to use the AED during an emergency.
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