The State of Texas has instituted an AED Law that has certain requirements for owners of an AED to follow. The Texas AED law states the following:
"Sec. 779.002. TRAINING. (a) A person or entity that acquires an automated external defibrillator shall ensure that:
(1) each user of the automated external defibrillator receives training given or approved by the Texas Department of Health in:
(A) cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and
(B) use of the automated external defibrillator; and
(2) a licensed physician is involved in the training program to ensure compliance with the requirements of this chapter.
(b) The Texas Department of Health shall adopt rules establishing the minimum requirements for the training required by this section. In adopting rules under this section, the Texas Department of Health shall consider the guidelines for automated external defibrillator training approved by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or another nationally recognized association.
Sec. 779.003. MAINTENANCE OF AUTOMATED EXTERNAL
DEFIBRILLATOR. A person or entity that owns or leases an automated external defibrillator shall maintain and test the automated external defibrillator according to the manufacturer's guidelines.
Sec. 779.004. USING AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR. A person or entity that provides emergency care to a person in cardiac arrest by using an automated external defibrillator shall promptly notify the local emergency medical services provider.
Sec. 779.005. NOTIFYING LOCAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDER. When a person or entity acquires an automated external defibrillator, the person or entity shall notify the local emergency medical services provider of the existence, location, and type of automated external defibrillator."
The State of Texas requires that an organization's staff be trained in an approved training course by the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or another nationally recognized training association. Texas also requires the medical oversight of a physician for the CPR Training program. This means that your organization much have a physician oversee your CPR Training program, so that he or she can make sure that all the necessary steps are being completed.
Texas requires every organization and individual to properly maintain the AED by replacing the pads and batteries according to the manufacture's guidelines. Each manufacture has different expiration dates and those expiration dates can be found in the user's manual for the AED.
The owner of the AED must notify local EMS of the placement of the AED. And if the AED is in use, then a call must be placed to 911 immediately.
To view the Texas AED Law, CLICK HERE.
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