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AED LAWS MADE SIMPLE WITH Rescue Ready® Services

Monitoring legal issues and ensuring ongoing regulatory compliance can be burdensome. How many trained rescuers are required on-site? Should your AED be stored in an alarmed cabinet next to a telephone? How many signs do you need? Rescue Ready® Services account managers personally research AED laws that affect your compliance and submit notifications or applications on your behalf.

If you have to use your AED, Rescue Ready® Services will make sure the event is reported to your overseeing physician and reviewed, as well as submitted to any necessary EMS agencies in your area. With Rescue Ready® Services, your company will meet or exceed all operational requirements to receive protection under Good Samaritan laws.


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PlusTrac™ works to collect all the details associated with state compliance. The details are included in our software and are used to help you with compliance. Use the map below to review the laws for each individual state.

This information is not meant to be legal advice and is for informational purposes only. 

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To promote the purchase and use of public access AEDs, the U.S. government established Good Samaritan protection in 2000. This protection was intended to dispel any fear that your employees might face legal or criminal consequences for attempting to help a person in need. 

Most AED laws impose minimal requirements to guarantee Good Samaritan protection. ZOLL Medical is thoroughly familiar with all these requirements and can guide, track and document your compliance. Should your program’s compliance ever be questioned, Rescue Ready® Services can demonstrate that your Rescue Ready® Services program management system complies with all Good Samaritan requirements.

Rescue Ready® Services program management is more than just e-mail reminders and software interactions. It’s our people working with your people to keep you in compliance, properly supported, and ready for any incidents of cardiac arrest—with no worries.


In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies most AEDs as Class III medical devices that require thorough and rigorous testing for safety. As a Class III medical device, an AED requires a prescription (or medical authorization) at time of purchase since they administer invasive medical therapy.

However, an AED prescription is unlike a prescription for medication because you can’t administer CPR and shock yourself while unconscious; a trained responder is needed to use an AED and to perform CPR.

In addition to the U.S. federal requirement for medical authorization, individual areas and counties may impose requirements for purchasing or owning an AED. Some areas require that the prescribing physician is licensed in the area where the AED will be used. Rescue Ready® Services not only provides a national medical director to oversee your program, but also local doctors to satisfy specific requirements.

Medical Direction

Medical direction is the creation of protocols and response plans; or where to go and what to do if sudden cardiac arrest occurs. Medical direction requirements vary based on your location, and we will assist you with fulfilling these requirements as part of your program.

Your overseeing medical director will create a plan for you to follow that offers the best possible chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest using your AED. You will receive a customizable set of instructions detailing what to do with your AED from maintenance intervals to post-use medical reviews.



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