Colorado State Laws


Owners of an AED are required to have a Medical Director licensed by the state of Colorado to oversee the program and include a response plan, EMS Notification, routine maintenance and testing, CPR/AED training for expected users and Coaches, as well as AED use reporting for Good Samaritan protection. Schools and Dental offices should have AEDs.

Requirements Required Reference Description
State specific Rx required* X Colorado state licensed physician to approve protocols and provide medical oversight of AEDs, including placement, training and AED uses.
Good Samaritan protection for UNTRAINED users Check 13-21-108.1 (4)(a); 22-1-125(6)&(7) 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. Schools - 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)
Good Samaritan protection for TRAINED users only X
Medical Direction requried X
State Specific Medical Direction required Check 13-21-108.1 (2)(b), (3)(a)(IV) Colorado state licensed physician to approve protocols and provide medical oversight of AEDs, including placement, training and AED uses.
AED routinely maintained and/or tested Check 13-21-108.1 (3)(a)(II) Maintained and tested according to Manufacturer's operations guidelines and written records are maintained of this maintenance and testing.
Training required for expected users Check 13-21-108.1 (3)(a)(I) Expected AED users trained in CPR and AED use through a course that meets nationally recognized standards and is approved by the department of public health and environment.
Response Plan or Protocols Check 13-21-108.1 (3)(a)(IV), 22-1-125.5(2) 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. coaches of athletic programs employed by local education providers must be currently certified in CPR and must have received instruction in the effective use of an automated external defibrillator.
Notification to local 911/Dispatch agency Check 13-21-108.1 (3)(b) Person/entity that acquires an AED to notify an agent of the applicable emergency communications or vehicle dispatch center of the existence, location, and type of AED.
Notification to local EMS agency X
Registration or notification with State or other agency X
Provide Post Use data to EMS X
Facilities required to have AEDs Check Schools 22-1-125, Dental Offices XIV(M)(3)(iv) School districts are encouraged to acquire an AED for placement in each public schooland in each athletic facility maintained by the school district at a location separate from a public school. Office Facilities and Equipment for Provision of Minimal Sedation, Moderate Sedation, Deep Sedation and/or General Anesthesia.
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