The State of Colorado has enacted an AED Law that protects organizations and individuals that own AEDs from liability when the rules and regulations in the law have been followed. The Colorado AED Law states the following:
"(3)(a) In order to ensure public health and safety, a person or entity who acquires an AED shall ensure that:
(I) Expected AED users receive training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AED use through a course approved by the department of public health and environment;
(II) The defibrillator is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines and that written records are maintained of this maintenance and testing;
(III) There is involvement of a licensed physician in the program at the site of the AED to ensure compliance with requirements for training, notification, and maintenance;
(IV) There are written plans in place concerning the placement of AED's, training of personnel, pre-planned coordination with the emergency medical services system, medical oversight, AED maintenance, identification of personnel authorized to use AED's, and reporting of AED utilization, which written plans have been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician;
(V) Any person who renders emergency care or treatment to a person in cardiac arrest by using an AED activates the emergency medical services system as soon as possible and reports any clinical use of the AED to the licensed physician affiliated with the program.
(b) Any person or entity that acquires an AED shall notify an agent of the applicable emergency communications or vehicle dispatch center of the existence, location, and type of AED."
Training should be provided to any individual that will most likely use the AED. The training should encompass CPR and AED use in order to be compliant with the law. The AED must be properly maintained according to the manufacture's guidelines. Local EMS should be notified of the placement of the AED as well.
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