Massachusetts State Laws


Summary:

Owners of an AED are required to have a Medical Director licensed by the State of Massachusetts to oversee the program and include; protocols, EMS notifications, routine maintenance and testing, CPR/AED training for expected users health Club Employees and High School Students for Good Samaritan protection. Schools, Health Clubs, Nursing Homes and Dental offices are required to have AEDs.


Requirements Required Reference Description
State specific Rx required* X “AED medical director”, a physician practicing in or adjacent to the regional emergency medical service region of the city or town in which the AED agency with which he contracts is located, who (i) is an emergency physician or cardiologist or a physician having specialized training and knowledge concerning public access defibrillation, (ii) is knowledgeable about emergency medical services protocols established pursuant to chapter 111C, (iii) is familiar with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and AED action sequences, (iv) coordinates the activities of the AED agency with which he contracts and its AED providers, with the protocols described and the action sequences described in this section, and (v) evaluates the activities of the AED agency with which he contracts.
Good Samaritan protection for UNTRAINED users Check 112, § 12V. Any person, whose usual and regular duties do not include the provision of emergency medical care, and who, in good faith, attempts to render emergency care including, but not limited to, cardiopulmonary resuscitation or defibrillation, and does so without compensation, shall not be liable for acts or omissions, other than gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct, resulting from the attempt to render such emergency care.
Good Samaritan protection for TRAINED users only X
Medical Direction requried X
State Specific Medical Direction required Check 112, § 12V 1/2 “AED medical director”, a physician practicing in or adjacent to the regional emergency medical service region of the city or town in which the AED agency with which he contracts is located, who (i) is an emergency physician or cardiologist or a physician having specialized training and knowledge concerning public access defibrillation, (ii) is knowledgeable about emergency medical services protocols established pursuant to chapter 111C, (iii) is familiar with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and AED action sequences, (iv) coordinates the activities of the AED agency with which he contracts and its AED providers, with the protocols described and the action sequences described in this section, and (v) evaluates the activities of the AED agency with which he contracts.
AED routinely maintained and/or tested Check 112, § 12V ½ Maintenance and testing of equipment in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines.
Training required for expected users Check 112, § 12V 1/2, Health Club ALM GL ch 71, § 54C(a), Schools 105 Mass. Code Regs., LongTerm Care Facility 150.002(I)(2)(b) “AED provider”, a person (i) who has successfully completed a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and in the use of an AED that meets or exceeds the standards established by the American Heart Association or the American National Red Cross and (ii) whose evidence of successful course completion has not expired. Schools: (a) Each school district, vocational district, charter school, approved private day or residential school and collaborative school shall provide and maintain at least 1 automated external defibrillator, AED, on site at each school facility where instruction is provided. Each school shall have on staff a person who is an AED provider having current certification in a training course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and in the use of an AED in accordance with the standards established by the American Heart Association or the American National Red Cross. The school administration shall ensure that an AED and AED provider is readily available at any school-sponsored athletic event. Long term care facilities: (2) The facility shall contract with or employ a physician who shall be the automated external defibrillation medical director for the facility who shall oversee and coordinate the following: (a) maintenance and testing of equipment in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines.
Response Plan or Protocols Check Schools GL ch. 69, § 8A, Long Term Care Facility 150.002(I) Schools: (a) Each school committee and commonwealth charter school board of trustees shall ensure that every school under its jurisdiction has a written medical emergency response plan to reduce the incidence of life-threatening emergencies and to promote efficient responses to such emergencies. The plan shall be in addition to the multi-hazard evacuation plan required under section 363 of chapter 159 of the acts of 2000. Long Term Care Facility: (I) The administrator of a nursing facility shall ensure the facility has an automated external defibrillator and policies and procedures for the rendering of automated external defibrillation in the facility.
Notification to local 911/Dispatch agency Check 112, § 12V 1/2 Prior to implementation of its public access defibrillation program, notifies the local police and the emergency medical services provider of the number, type and location of the AED in its possession.
Notification to local EMS agency Check 112, § 12V 1/2 Prior to implementation of its public access defibrillation program, notifies the local police and the emergency medical services provider of the number, type and location of the AED in its possession.
Registration or notification with State or other agency X
Provide Post Use data to EMS X
Facilities required to have AEDs Check Health Club ch. 93, § 78A, Long Term Care Facilities 150.002(I), Dental Offices who offer anesthesia 6.04-6.9 & 6.15, Schools 71, 54C *Health Clubs *Each school district, vocational district, charter school, approved private day or residential school and collaborative school *Dentist that provide Locall/General Anesthesia, Moderate and Deep Sedation and/or Nitrous Oxide-oxygen sedation *Dental Offices Using Mobile and/or Portable Anesthesia Services *Long Term Care Facilities"
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