Georgia State Laws


Summary:

Owners of an AED are required to have a Medical Director to oversee the program and include EMS Notification, routine maintenance and testing, CPR/AED training for expected users and High School Students for Good Samaritan protection. Schools and Dental offices should have AEDs.


Requirements Required Reference Description
State specific Rx required* X
Good Samaritan protection for UNTRAINED users Check 31-11-53.1(g), 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.
Good Samaritan protection for TRAINED users only X
Medical Direction requried Check 31-11-53.2(b)(1)(C) (3) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, and except as provided in subsection (4), any person who uses or attempts to use an automated external defibrillator device on a victim of a perceived medical emergency, without objection of the victim of the perceived medical emergency, is immune from civil liability for any harm resulting from the use or attempted use of such device. In addition, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, and except as provided in subsection (4), any person who acquired the device and makes it available for use, including, but not limited to, a community association organized under chapter 617, chapter 718, chapter 719, chapter 720, chapter 721, or chapter 723, is immune from such liability, if the harm was not due to the failure of such person to: (a) Properly maintain and test the device; or (b) Provide appropriate training in the use of the device to an employee or agent of the acquirer when the employee or agent was the person who used the device on the victim, except that such requirement of training does not apply if: 1. The device is equipped with audible, visual, or written instructions on its use, including any such visual or written instructions posted on or adjacent to the device; 2. The employee or agent was not an employee or agent who would have been reasonably expected to use the device; or 3. The period of time elapsing between the engagement of the person as an employee or agent and the occurrence of the harm, or between the acquisition of the device and the occurrence of the harm in any case in which the device was acquired after engagement of the employee or agent, was not a reasonably sufficient period in which to provide the training.
State Specific Medical Direction required X
AED routinely maintained and/or tested Check 31-11-53.2(b)(1)(B), 20-2-775(c)(3) The defibrillator is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer’s operational guidelines. Schools: Ensure that the automated external defibrillator is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer’s operational guidelines.
Training required for expected users Check 31-11-53.2(b)(1)(A), 20-2-775(c)(1) Expected users of the AED receive AHA or ARC training in CPR and AED use or complete an equivalent nationally recognized course.
Response Plan or Protocols X
Notification to local 911/Dispatch agency Check 31-11-53.2(b)(2) All persons and agencies possessing and maintaining an AED shall notify the appropriate EMS system of the existence and location of AED prior to being placed in use.
Notification to local EMS agency Check 31-11-53.1(b)(2), 20-2-775(c)(2) All persons and agencies possessing and maintaining an AED shall notify the appropriate EMS system of the existence and location of AED prior to being placed in use. School: Notify the appropriate emergency medical services system of the existence and location of the automated external defibrillator prior to said automated external defibrillator being placed in use
Registration or notification with State or other agency X
Provide Post Use data to EMS Check 31-11-53.1(b)(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.
Facilities required to have AEDs Check Schools 20-2-775(b), Dentist’s Office 150-13-.01(6);150-13-.02(3), End Stage Renal Facility 111-8-22-.17, Mental Health Facilities 111-8-68-.07, Crisis Stabilization Units 82-3-1-.21 & 82-4-1-.21 Public High Schools, Dentist’s Office, End Stage Renal Facility, Mental Health Facilities, Crisis Stabilization Units
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