Clearing the Confusion of Widely Varying AED Regulations

Laws on the placement and use of automated external defibrillators vary widely from state to state. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, as of January 2012 there were a total of fifty six state bills pending or recently passed relating to AEDs and cardiac arrest. Variables can include where AEDs are required to be placed, what funding is available and even Good Samaritan issues.

The American Medical Association advocates the placement of automated external defibrillators in public buildings and supports federal legislation to increase funding for the purchase of automated external defibrillator devices so that they are available in the community.[1]

The 2002 Community Access to Emergency Devices Act made federal grants available to states and localities for the purchase and placement of AEDs in public places and for the training of first responders in AED use and CPR.

When deploying an AED program, keeping up to date on the widely varied and changing legislation, requirements and available funding is essential. HeartSine’s Heart Trac program, which offers online AED Program Management, is a singular tool you can depend on to correctly and successfully implement  your AED program .

Whether you have one AED to register or thousands, Heart Trac assures you the filing, registration, and submission of your compliance paperwork is completed and documented properly. Heart Trac makes it easy to automatically review applicable federal, state, and local regulations to ensure your AED program is in compliance, register your AEDs and their precise locations with the local emergency medical services (EMS) department, and document them using the forms required in each jurisdiction.

All your necessary registration forms are completed automatically, sent to the appropriate authorities, and saved to your online profile with a date stamp for future reference. Heart Trac provides everything you need to easily keep on top of evolving AED regulations, no matter where your AEDs are located.

[1] AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HOUSE OF DELEGATES (H-440.890)

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