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Home > AED Resources > AED Laws by State > Colorado AED Laws
 

Colorado AED Laws

All laws and statutes pertaining to AEDs and defibrillators within the state of Colorado can be conveniently found below. 

AED laws and statutes of particular importance to every AED program we've highlighted in red for your convenience. These clauses in particular you'll want to ensure your AED program is fully compliant with. 

If the laws and statutes below are a bit too dry for your liking (which we certainly understand), simply reach out to us and any one of our team members will be more than happy to give you the rundown on what your AED program needs to be fully compliant in the state of Colorado. 


COLORADO AED LAWS + STATUTES

Colorado Revised Statute 13-21-108

(1) Any person licensed as a physician and surgeon under the laws of the state of Colorado, or any other person, who in good faith renders emergency care or emergency assistance to a person not presently his patient without compensation at the place of an emergency or accident, including a health care institution as defined in section 13-64-202(3), shall not be liable for any civil damages for acts or omissions made in good faith as a result of the rendering of such emergency care or emergency assistance during the emergency, unless the acts or omissions were grossly negligent or willful and wanton. This section shall not apply to any person who renders such emergency care or emergency assistance to a patient he is otherwise obligated to cover.


Colorado Revised Statute 13-21-108.1, SB 09-010


Persons rendering emergency assistance through the use of automated external defibrillators - limited immunity

(1) The general assembly hereby declares that it is the intent of the general assembly to encourage the use of automated external defibrillators for the purpose of saving the lives of people in cardiac arrest.


(2) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:


(a) "AED" or "defibrillator" means an automated external defibrillator that:


(I) Has received approval of its premarket notification filed pursuant to 21 U.S.C. sec. 360 (k), from the federal food and drug administration;


(II) Is capable of recognizing the presence or absence of ventricular fibrillation or rapid ventricular tachycardia, and is capable of determining, without intervention by an operator, whether defibrillation should be performed; and


(III) Upon determining that defibrillation should be performed, automatically charges and requests delivery of an electrical impulse to an individual's heart.


(b) "Licensed physician" means a physician licensed to practice medicine in this state.


(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 that meets nationally recognized standards and is 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) (Deleted by amendment, L. 2009, (SB 09-010), ch. 52, p. 186, 1, effective March 25, 2009.)


(IV) Written plans are in place concerning the placement of AEDs, training of personnel, pre-planned coordination with the emergency medical services system, medical oversight, AED maintenance, identification of personnel authorized to use AEDs, and reporting of AED utilization, which written plans have been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician; and


(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.


(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.


(4) 
(a) Any person or entity whose primary duties do not include the provision of health care and who, in good faith and without compensation, renders emergency care or treatment by the use of an AED shall not be liable for any civil damages for acts or omissions made in good faith as a result of such care or treatment or as a result of any act or failure to act in providing or arranging further medical treatment, unless the acts or omissions were grossly negligent or willful and wanton. 


(b) The limited immunity provided in paragraph (a) of this subsection (4) extends to:


(I) The licensed physician who reviewed and approved the written plans described in subparagraph (IV) of paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of this section;


(II) The person or entity who provides the CPR and AED site placement;


(III) Any person or entity that provides teaching or training programs for CPR to the site at which the AED is placed, which programs include training in the use of an AED; and


(IV) The person or entity responsible for the site where the AED is located.


(c) The limited immunity provided in this subsection (4) applies regardless of whether the requirements of subsection (3) of this section are met; except that the person or entity responsible for the site where the AED is located shall receive the limited immunity only if the requirements of subparagraph (II) of paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of this section are met.


(5) The requirements of subsection (3) of this section shall not apply to any individual using an AED during a medical emergency if that individual is acting as a good Samaritan under section 13-21-108.


Colorado Revised Statute 22-1-125 "David's Law"


Automated external defibrillators in public schools.


(1) The general assembly hereby declares that it is the intent of the general assembly to encourage school districts to acquire and maintain automated external defibrillators on public school grounds. The general assembly finds that it is in the best interest of students, staff, and visitors to a public school to ensure that automated external defibrillators are available in public schools for use in emergency situations.


(2) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires, "automated external defibrillator" shall have the same definition as provided in section 13-21-108.1(2) (a), C.R.S.


(3) (a) Each school district is encouraged to acquire an automated external defibrillator for placement in each public school of the school district and in each athletic facility maintained by the school district at a location separate from a public school.


(b) A school district shall accept a donation of an automated external defibrillator that meets standards established by the federal food and drug administration and is in compliance with the manufacturer's maintenance schedule. A school district shall also accept gifts, grants, and donations, including in-kind donations, designated for obtaining an automated external defibrillator, and for inspection, maintenance, and training in the use of an automated external defibrillator as required in subsection (5) of this section.


(c) Any automated external defibrillator acquired by a school district shall be appropriate for use on children and adults.


(4) Use of an automated external defibrillator donated to or purchased by a school district is limited to school property and school events.


(5) To ensure public health and safety, a school district that acquires an automated external defibrillator shall meet the requirements set forth in section 13-21-108.1(3), C.R.S., and shall reference the requirements of that section in the school district's safety, readiness, and incident management plan pursuant to section 22-32-109.1(4) (d).


(6) Pursuant to section 13-21-108.1(4), C.R.S., a person or entity whose primary duties do not include the provision of health care and who, in good faith and without compensation, renders emergency care or treatment by the use of an automated external defibrillator shall not be liable for any civil damages for acts or omissions made in good faith as a result of such care or treatment or as a result of any act or failure to act in providing or arranging further medical treatment, unless the acts or omissions are grossly negligent or willful and wanton.


(7) The requirements of subsection (5) of this section shall not apply to an individual using an automated external defibrillator during a medical emergency if that individual is acting as a good Samaritan under section 13-21-108, C.R.S.
 
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