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Massachusetts State AED Laws

 Summary of Requirements

Each AED provider must contract with an AED medical director responsible for compliance with AED maintenance, training, and notification requirements. An AED provider is someone who has successfully completed CPR and AED training, meeting or exceeding American Heart Association or American National Red Cross standards. Before implementing a public access defibrillation program, providers should inform local police and emergency medical services about AED number, type, and location. Maintain and test the defibrillator per manufacturer guidelines, and in response to emergency requests, contact local police or EMS and report to the AED medical director.
Summary of Requirements
AED-Check.jpg Physician Each AED provider should contract with an AED medical director, who
shall be responsible for ensuring that the AED agency complies with AED
maintenance, AED provider training and notice requirements.
AED-Check.jpg CPR/AED Training An AED provider is a person who has successfully complete 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 whose evidence of successful course
completion has not expired.
AED-Check.jpg EMS Notification Prior to implementation of its public access defibrillation program, the
AED provider should notify the local police and the emergency medical
services provider of the number, type and location of the AED in its
AED-Check.jpg Maintenance Program The defibrillator must be maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines.
AED-Check.jpg Notification of Use Each AED provider, in each instance of responding to a request for
emergency care or treatment, should contact the police or emergency
medical services in the city or town in which they are located and
provide a report to its AED medical director.

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MA Gen Laws 112 § 12V 1/2 - 2017

Provides Good Samaritan protection for use of an AED and establishes guidelines for AED programs.

Laws / Legislation
Date Summary
MA Gen Laws 112 § 12V 2017 Grants Good Samaritan protection for UNTRAINED users.
MA Gen Laws 93 § 78A 2017 Outlines AED requirements for health clubs.
MA Gen Laws 93 § 86 2017 Absent a showing of gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct, no cause of action against a health club or its employees may arise in connection with the use or non-use of a defibrillator.
MA Gen Laws 69 § 8A. 2017 Outlines instructions to ensure the public health and safety for the schools that acquire an AED.
MA Gen Laws 71 § 54C. 2017 Outlines AED requirements for schools.
MA Code of Reg § 150.002 2014 Outlines AED requirements for nursing facilities.
MA Code of Reg 234 § 6.15 2010 Outlines AED requirements for dental offices.
SB 217 2009 A bill requiring that all coaches have current certification in CPR and
AED use from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross or
other nationally recognized organization.
SB 2681 2006 Outlines AED requirements for health clubs.
Chapter 142 1999 Expands on Good Samaritan protection.
Chapter 137 1998 Establishes immunity for CPR and use of an AED.