AED Regulations, Liabilities and Guidelines


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AED Regulations, Liabilities and Guidelines

AED regulations, liabilities, and guidelines in California are governed by the California Health and Safety Code, Title 22, and the California Code of Regulations. National standards for AED use by the lay provider have also been adopted. California regulation regarding AED use has been provided to you in this packet. Most changes are slow to occur, difficult to understand, and often conflicting in nature between governing bodies.

AHST has navigated these codes and provides its customers with up to date, accurate, and easy to understand definitions and explanations of these codes to assist you in establishing a compliant AED program.

Medical Direction/ Physician Oversight

The use of these devices is closely monitored to insure their effectiveness and safety. They need to be evaluated on an annual basis to insure that they are in working order and in appropriate locations. If they are used, an event review needs to take place within 24 to 48 hours of the incident. An event review includes downloading of information from the AED by the prescribing physician and the local EMS agency. AHST manages this entire aspect of AED ownership for you.

Training and Certification Bi-annually

AHST will get all your staff up and running with a thorough CPR and AED training session. We will continue to support you by offering re-certification courses on an as needed basis or at least once every 2 years.


The laws surrounding AED usage vary from state to state. All states but one have passed Good Samaritan laws with language about AEDs. Additionally, the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act that was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 2000, provides AED users and acquirers with protection from liability. This and similar legislation underway is helping to make AEDs the standard of care for SCA, and as such, organizations are increasingly at greater liability for failing to have these life-saving devices.