Some 350,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. each year and more than 90 percent of them die. Portable defibrillators could save at least tens of thousands more, but locating them is a challenge.
Patchwork of state laws and regulations brings confusion and hesitation to businesses and governments that consider installing AEDs and may discourage some bystanders from using them.
Although designed not to cause harm to patients, AEDs can and have failed due to neglect or bad parts.
AED laws by state
Click on each state to see where AED's are required to be located, whether or not each state requires an AED to be registered with a government agency and if the state requires any sort of training for people intended to use the AED. You will also find grades based on the complexity of program requirements included in law(s) that provide 'Good Samaritan' immunity for AED owners and users. The grades were compiled by compiled by Readiness Systems, an AED consulting firm.
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