Sudden Cardiac Arrest, CPR and AEDs

Sudden Cardiac Arrest, CPR and AEDs SSL Draft


This Act directs the state bureau of emergency medical services to work with federal, state, and local agencies to encourage people to complete courses about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and using Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). It permits a person to administer CPR or use an AED without a license or certificate or training to do so on someone reasonably believed to be in sudden cardiac arrest. The bill provides immunity from civil liability for certain acts or omissions relating to administering CPR or using an AED unless the actions constitute gross negligence or willful misconduct. However, the Act does not relieve a manufacturer, designer, developer, marketer, or commercial distributor from liability relating to an AED or an AED accessory.

This legislation also requires a person who owns or leases an AED to report certain information, including the location of, or removal of, the AED, to the emergency medical dispatch center that provides emergency dispatch services for that area.

Submitted as:
HB 31

Status: Enacted into law in 2009.

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