The State of Virginia AED Law protects owners of an AED when the guidelines set forth in the law have been followed. The Virginia AED Law states the following:
"§ 32.1-111.14:1. Automated external defibrillation; registration required.
A. An automated external defibrillator may be used to save or attempt to save the life of a person who is in cardiac arrest in accordance with this section and the Board's regulations.
B. Upon obtaining an automated external defibrillator and prior to placing such equipment in use, any person, as defined in § 1-13.19, other than a health care facility licensed by the Board of Health or the Board of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services or an adult care residence licensed by the Board of Social Services, any person regulated by a health regulatory board within the Department of Health Professions whose scope of practice encompasses such services, or an emergency medical services agency regulated by the Board, shall register with the Board. The Board shall establish requirements for automated external defibrillator registration which shall include, but need not be limited to, the following criteria:
1. All operators of the automated external defibrillator shall be required to receive and successfully complete training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and in the use of automated external defibrillators in a course which has been approved by the Board of Health.
2. The defibrillator shall be maintained and tested in compliance with the manufacturer's operational guidelines and any Board regulations and written records of such maintenance and testing shall be kept.
3. A licensed physician shall supervise the defibrillation program, including personnel training, local emergency medical services coordination, protocol approval, automated external defibrillator deployment strategies, and an equipment maintenance plan and records.
4. The payment of a registration fee, not to exceed twenty-five dollars.
5. The establishment of disciplinary actions upon failure to comply with the requirements of this section, other relevant law or the Board's regulations which may include, but need not be limited to, citations, suspension of the registration, revocation of the registration or denial of registration renewal.
6. The registration shall be effective for four years, and the registrant shall apply for renewal before the expiration of his registration, as provided in the Board's regulations."
Virginia requires AED owners to register the AED. A physician should oversee the AED program to ensure that individuals have been trained in CPR and AED use, the AED is properly maintained according to the manufacture's guidelines, and that if the AED has been used during an emergency that the reports are provided to the correct entity.
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