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Home > AED Resources > AED Laws by State > Georgia AED Laws
 

Georgia AED Laws

Below you can find all laws and statutes pertaining to automated external defibrillators for the state of Georgia. As it is with most states, Georgia's AED laws cover the purchasing, medical oversight, maintenance, and more for AED programs. 

Whereas anyone in charge of an AED program in the state of Georgia will want to familiarize themselves with all of the information below, you'll want to pay particular attention to the statutes that have been highlighted in red. These codes are of particular importance and are often overlooked for AED programs, which presents issues of liability. 

If you have any questions on Georgia's AED and defibrillator laws, please let us know. We're here to make sure you're equipped with the necessary tools to save a life and that your program is fully compliant with all laws and codes for Georgia. 




GEORGIA STATE AED AND DEFIBRILLATOR LAWS


Code of Georgia 31-11-53.1


(a) As used in this Code section, the term:


(1) "Automated external defibrillator" means a defibrillator which:


(A) Is capable of cardiac rhythm analysis;


(B) Will charge and be capable of being activated to deliver a countershock after electrically detecting the presence of certain cardiac dysrhythmias; and 

 
(C) Is capable of continuous recording of the cardiac dysrhythmia at the scene with a mechanism for transfer and storage or for printing for review subsequent to use.


(2) "Defibrillation" means to terminate ventricular fibrillation.


(3) "First responder" means any person or agency who provides on-site care until the arrival of a duly licensed ambulance service. This shall include, but not be limited to, persons who routinely respond to calls for assistance through an affiliation with law enforcement agencies, fire suppression agencies, rescue agencies, and others.


(b) It is the intent of the General Assembly that an automated external defibrillator may be used by any person for the purpose of saving the life of another person in cardiac arrest. In order to ensure public health and safety:


(1) It is recommended that all persons who have access to or use an automated external defibrillator obtain appropriate training as set forth in the rules and regulations of the Department of Community Health . It is further recommended that such training include at a minimum the successful completion of:


(A) A nationally recognized health care provider/professional rescuer level cardiopulmonary resuscitation course; and

 
(B) A department established or approved course which includes demonstrated proficiency in the use of an automated external defibrillator;


(2) All persons and agencies possessing and maintaining an automated external defibrillator shall notify the appropriate emergency medical services system of the existence and location of the automated external defibrillator prior to said defibrillator being placed in use; 


(3) All persons who use an automated external defibrillator shall activate the emergency medical services system as soon as reasonably possible by calling 9-1-1 or the appropriate emergency telephone number upon use of the automated external defibrillator; and 

 
(4) Within a reasonable period of time, all persons who use an automated external defibrillator shall make available a printed or electronically stored report to the licensed emergency medical services provider which transports the patient.


(c) All persons who provide instruction to others in the use of the automated external defibrillator shall have completed an instructor course established or approved by the department.


Code of Georgia 31-11-53.2


(a) As used in this Code section, the term "lay rescuer" means a person trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation and to use an automated external defibrillator, as defined in Code Section 31-11-53.1, and who is participating in a physician or medically authorized automated external defibrillator program. 

 

(b) The following guidelines shall be applicable to the use of automated external defibrillators by lay rescuers:


(1) Any person or entity who acquires an automated external defibrillator shall ensure that:


(A) Expected users of the automated external defibrillator receive American Heart Association or American Red Cross training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator use or complete an equivalent nationally recognized course;


(B) The defibrillator is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines; 


(C) There is involvement of a licensed physician* or other person authorized by the composite board in the site's automated external defibrillator program to ensure compliance with requirements for training, notification, and maintenance; and 


(D) Any person who renders emergency care or treatment to a person in cardiac arrest by using an automated external defibrillator activates the emergency medical services system as soon as possible and reports any clinical use of the automated external defibrillator to the licensed physician or other person authorized by the composite board who is supervising the program; and


(2) Any person or entity who acquires an automated external defibrillator shall notify an agent of the emergency communications or vehicle dispatch center of the existence, location, and type of automated external defibrillator.


Code of Georgia 51-1-29.3


(a) The persons described in this Code section shall be immune from civil liability for any act or omission to act related to the provision of emergency care or treatment by the use of or provision of an automated external defibrillator, as described in Code Sections 31-11-53.1 and 31-11-53.2, except that such immunity shall not apply to an act of willful or wanton misconduct and shall not apply to a person acting within the scope of a licensed profession if such person acts with gross negligence. The immunity provided for in this Code section shall extend to:


(1) Any person who gratuitously and in good faith renders emergency care or treatment by the use of or provision of an automated external defibrillator without objection of the person to whom care or treatment is rendered;


(2) The owner or operator of any premises or conveyance who installs or provides automated external defibrillator equipment in or on such premises or conveyance;


(3) Any physician or other medical professional who authorizes, directs, or supervises the installation or provision of automated external defibrillator equipment in or on any premises or conveyance other than any medical facility as defined in paragraph (5) of Code Section 31-7-1; and


(4) Any person who provides training in the use of automated external defibrillator equipment as required by subparagraph (b)(1)(A) of Code Section 31-11-53.2, whether compensated or not. This Code section is not applicable to any training or instructions provided by the manufacturer of the automated external defibrillator or to any claim for failure to warn on the part of the manufacturer.


Code of Georgia 20-6-2(2)


SECTION 1.
Part 2 of Article 6 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to competencies and core curriculum, is amended by adding a new Code section to read as follows: 


(a) As used in this Code section, the term 'psychomotor skills' means skills using hands on practice to support cognitive learning.


(b) Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, each local board of education which operates a school with grades nine through 12 shall provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator to its students as a requirement within existing health or physical education courses. Such training shall include either of the following and shall incorporate into the instruction the psychomotor skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use an automated external defibrillator:


(1) An instructional program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross; or


(2) An instructional program which is nationally recognized and is based on the most current national evidence based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator.


(c) A teacher shall not be required to be a certified trainer of cardiopulmonary resuscitation or to facilitate, provide, or oversee instruction which does not result in certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator.


(d) This Code section shall not be construed to require students to become certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator; provided, however, that if a local board of education chooses to offer courses which result in certification being earned, such courses shall be taught by instructors in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator authorized to conduct an instructional program included in paragraph (1) or (2) of subsection (b) of this Code section.


(e) The Department of Education shall establish a procedure to monitor adherence by local boards of education."


SECTION 2. 
All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.


*Please note that our AED Concierge Service provides you with the required licensed physician requirement and ensures you're fully compliant with all other statutes pertaining to your state and city. This is a comprehensive AED program management service that costs only $249/year. 
 
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