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Understanding Industry Standards and AED Laws

Did you know that organizations with AEDs must follow AED program rules (industry standards and AED laws)?

Industry standards are:

  • A set of guidelines for organizing the people, systems, equipment and activities of an AED program, and
  • A set of practices ensuring organizations perform responsibly during a sudden cardiac arrest

These standards apply to every organization with AEDs regardless of what AED laws say, though specific practices will vary. Get and read the national AED Program Design Guidelines to learn about AED program industry standards.

State AED laws are:

A set of statutes (from state legislatures) and regulations (from state agencies) defining how to own, place and use AEDs. These laws include:

  • AED LAW REQUIREMENTS: Things organizations must do to administer and operate an AED program. Examples include maintaining AEDs, training people, receiving medical direction, reporting to agencies, and more. The existence of state AED law requirements generally increases the burden and risk of owning AEDs because they don’t help or ensure an organization is properly prepared for, or will perform responsibly during, a cardiac arrest.
  • GOOD SAMARITAN IMMUNITY: Legal protections for AED program organizations and people. Contrary to popular myth, most states offer very limited legal protections. Only 6 states offer broad legal protections.
  • AED PLACEMENT MANDATES: Directives that certain types of organizations must have AEDs. Examples include health clubs, schools, high-population buildings, and others.

Every state’s AED laws are different. And AED laws ARE NOT industry standards. An organization can follow AED laws and still not be properly prepared for a sudden cardiac arrest. But knowing and following AED laws is important to:

  • Ensure an AED program is compliant
  • Help get Good Samaritan legal protections
  • Support a defense in court if an organization gets sued

Using the State AED Laws Map

The State AED Law Map shows what is in each state’s AED laws. Popups show whether a state has AED law requirements, the scope of available Good Samaritan legal protections and whether there are AED placement mandates.

The color of each state on the map indicates its AED Law Report Card™ grade. States are graded based on the content of their AED laws. Generally, the more burdensome the requirements and the more limited the Good Samaritan legal protections, the lower the grade. Read the Current State of U.S. AED Laws to learn about AED Law Report Card grading criteria. Following is the map color for each AED Law Report Card grade:

  • A = Green
  • B = Blue
  • C = Yellow
  • D = Gray
  • F = Red

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Get Help for Your AED Program

Readiness Systems helps organizations be ready, get compliant and reduce risk for their AED program. We work with clients to:

  • Create and set up automated external defibrillator programs
  • Ensure the right people, systems, equipment and policies are in place
  • Ensure AED programs are compliant with industry standards and AED laws

Readiness Systems understands this better than anyone in the industry. We wrote the national AED Program Design Guidelines defining industry standards and we publish the AED Law Center including and explaining state AED laws.

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    The Guidelines completely define AED program industry standards.
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    Industry standards apply to every organization having AEDs.
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    Get and read the Guidelines to make sure you are compliant with industry standards.