New Jersey State Laws


Summary:

Owners of an AED are required to have a Medical Director to oversee the program and include; response plan, EMS notifications, routine maintenance and testing, CPR/AED training for expected user and High School students for Good Samaritan protection. AEDs are required in Schools, health clubs, and nursing homes.


Requirements Required Reference Description
State specific Rx required* X
Good Samaritan protection for UNTRAINED users Check § 2A:62A-27, 2A:62A-23(c) (1) Any person or entity who, in good faith, acquires or provides a defibrillator, renders emergency care or treatment by the use of a defibrillator, assists in or supervises the emergency care or treatment by the use of a defibrillator, or attempts to use a defibrillator for the purpose of rendering emergency care or treatment, and who has complied with the requirements of this act, shall be immune from civil liability for any personal injury as a result of that care or treatment, or as a result of any acts or omissions by the person or entity in providing, rendering, assisting in, or supervising the emergency care or treatment. (2) A person or entity providing or maintaining an automated external defibrillator shall not be liable for any act or omission involving the use of a defibrillator in the rendering of emergency care by a lay person. b. The immunity provided in subsection a. of this section shall include the prescribing licensed physician and the person or entity who provided training in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and use of the defibrillator.
Good Samaritan protection for TRAINED users only X
Medical Direction requried Check § 2A:62A-25(d) Prior to purchasing the automated external defibrillator, provide the prescribing licensed physician with documentation that the person or entity purchasing the defibrillator has a protocol in place to comply with the requirements of subsections a., b., and c. of this section.
State Specific Medical Direction required X
AED routinely maintained and/or tested Check § 2A:62A-25(b) Ensure that the defibrillator is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer’s operational guidelines.
Training required for expected users Check § 2A:62A-25(a) Ensure that any person, who is anticipated by the person or entity that acquires the defibrillator to be in a position to render emergency care or treatment by the use of a defibrillator in the performance of that person’s duties of employment or volunteer service, shall, prior to using that defibrillator, have successfully completed and hold a current certification from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association., or other training program recognized by the Department of Health and Senior Services in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and use of a defibrillator; however, a person or entity that acquires a defibrillator shall not be liable for any act or omission of any lay person who uses the defibrillator in the rendering of emergency care. Assisted living residences & programs, personal care homes: At least one employee trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver shall be available in the facility at all times. Long term care facilities: The facility shall arrange and pay for the training of a sufficient number of direct-care staff in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and the proper use of the defibrillator to ensure that at least one direct-care staff member on every shift holds a current certification from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or other training program recognized by the Department in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and the use of the defibrillator. Health Club: ensure that the health club has at least one employee on site during its normal business hours who holds current certification from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or other training program recognized by the Department of Health and Senior Services in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and use of a defibrillator.
Response Plan or Protocols Check § 2A:62A-25(d) Prior to purchasing the automated external defibrillator, provide the prescribing licensed physician with documentation that the person or entity purchasing the defibrillator has a protocol in place to comply with the requirements of subsections a., b., and c. of this section.
Notification to local 911/Dispatch agency X
Notification to local EMS agency Check § 2A:62A-25(c) Schools & Health Clubs: each defibrillator is tested and maintained according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines and notification is provided to the appropriate first aid, ambulance, or rescue squad or other appropriate emergency medical services provider regarding the defibrillator, the type acquired, and its location in accordance with section 3 of P.L.1999, c.34 (C.2A:62A-25). Notify the appropriate first aid, ambulance, or rescue squad, or other appropriate emergency medical services provider that the person or entity has acquired the defibrillator, the type acquired,. and its location.
Registration or notification with State or other agency X
Provide Post Use data to EMS X
Facilities required to have AEDs Check Health Clubs 2A:62A-31, Schools § 18A:40-41a, 6A:16-2.2(i), Nursing Homes / Assisted Living Residences § 8:36-14.1(d), 26:2H-12.26, Long Term Care Facilities 8:39-23.3, Bathing Beaches capable of accommodating 500+ or with lifeguard 8:26-5.12(a)(3), Swimming pool with lifeguard 8:26-5.3(a)(8), Facilites providing Anesthesia 13:35-4A.15, Airport terminal buildings 19:76-4.9, Pediatric Medical Daycare 8:43J-8.5 Health Clubs 2A:62A-31, Schools § 18A:40-41a, 6A:16-2.2(i), Nursing Homes / Assisted Living Residences § 8:36-14.1(d), 26:2H-12.26, Long Term Care Facilities 8:39-23.3, Bathing Beaches 8:26-5.12(a)(3), Swimming Pools with Lifeguard 8:26-5.3(a)(8), Facilities providing anesthesia 13:35-4A.15, Airport Terminal Building 19:76-4.9, Pediatric Medical Daycare 8:43J-8.5
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