Automated External Defibrillators (AED) save lives, which is why many states and local governments have laws that mandate the placement of AEDs in public spaces. AEDs are required in both public and private schools in Pennsylvania, Oregon, and New Jersey. AEDs are required in public schools in another 14 states including Flordia and New York with various levels of government supported funding. And in yet an additional five states these life-saving devices are highly recommended for school placement.
Beyond schools, defibrillators are also mandated in many public buildings such as state buildings as required by 8 states and recommended by 3. Defibrillation devices are frequently used in public health clubs, sports clubs, and gambling facilities with laws in 18 states and strong recommendations in 3 more. It's clear that the use of these devices is widely recognized, but that the laws are numerous and vary. The question becomes, how does your organization stay up to date and educated on the laws in your area? The answer is the PlusTrac law library.
PlusTrac Law Library
A support resource for risk managers, facility managers, or anyone in charge of AED management, the PlusTrac Law Library is a one-stop informational resource designed for professionals. Understand everything from accessibility to mandated maintenance. Don't get caught unaware by using outdated reports or have the wrong number of devices. Simply go to the library and select your state:
For example, if you select Montana, you'll see a short summary that describes how owners of an AED in this state are required to have a Medical Director who is also licensed in that state, create a response plan, have EMS notifications, routine maintenance and updated CPR/AED training for expected users as applies to Good Samaritan protection.
You'll then see a table that details the state-specific requirements for AED use in this area, applicable reference laws, and a description of what is or is not required for your facility. For fastest reference, look for the green check marks to create your list of needed actions and items.
If at any point, an explanation isn't clear, check out the PlusTrac blog for further in-depth articles on AED use and requirement. Consider signing up for a free trial of PlusTrac's AED management system to make sure you're getting the right reports and notifications filed at the right time, have routine maintenance covered and have an adequate training plan for both new and veteran staff.
Don't fall behind the learning curve by missing the latest in legal updates for your AED management. Try out this free resources for yourself and subscribe to the PlusTrac blog for all the latest AED news and information.