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Montana State AED Laws

 Summary of Requirements

Medical oversight is mandatory. Authorized AED operators must receive approved training in CPR and AED use before use. Coordination with the local emergency medical service providing services in the AED's area is essential. Provide a plan and written notice to licensed emergency medical services and emergency dispatch centers, including AED program details and coordination procedures. A written plan for AED use, specifying placement and authorized operators, is necessary. Maintain, test, and operate the AED following the manufacturer's guidelines and keep records. In cardiac arrest cases, summon emergency medical services and report AED use as per the written plan's requirements.
Summary of Requirements
AED-Check.jpg Physician Medical oversight must be provided.
AED-Check.jpg CPR/AED Training Before using the AED, an individual authorized to operate the AED must
receive appropriate training approved by the department in
cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the proper use of an AED.
AED-Check.jpg EMS Notification

AED use must be coordinated with an emergency medical
service providing services in the area where the AED is located.
Before allowing any use of an AED, must provide the following to all
licensed emergency medical services and any public safety answering
point or emergency dispatch center providing services to the area where
the AED is located:

  • a copy of the plan prepared pursuant to this section; and
  • written notice, in a format prescribed by department rules, stating:
    • that an AED program is established by the entity;
    • where the AED is located; and
    • how the use of the AED is to be coordinated with the local emergency medical service system;
AED-Check.jpg Maintenance Program

In order for an entity to use or allow the use of an automated
external defibrillator, the entity shall establish a program for the use
of an AED that includes a written plan. The plan must specify where
the AED will be placed, and the individuals who are authorized to
operate the AED. The AED must be maintained, tested, and operated
according to the manufacturer's guidelines and written records of all
maintenance and testing performed on the AED must be maintained.

AED-Check.jpg Notification of Use Each time an AED is used for an individual in cardiac arrest, it is
required that an emergency medical service is summoned to provide
assistance as soon as possible and that the AED use is reported to the
department as required by the written plan.

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MT Code § 50-6-505 - 2007

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

Laws / Legislation
Date Summary
MT Code § 20-7-1315 2017 The office of public instruction shall provide guidance and technical support and make available a program of study to Montana schools.
MT Code § 50-6-503 2009 The department shall adopt rules specifying: the contents of the written notice required by 50-6-502(6); reporting requirements for each use of an AED; the contents of a plan prepared in accordance with 50-6-502 and requirements applicable to the subject matter of the plan; training requirements in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and AED use for any individual authorized by an AED program plan to use an AED; guidelines for medical oversight of an AED program; minimum requirements for a medical protocol for use of an AED; performance requirements for an AED in order for the AED to be used in an AED program; and a list of the AED training programs approved by the department. The department may not adopt rules for any purpose other than those in subsection (1).
MT Admin Reg § 37.104.601 2008 Defines: Automated External Defibrillator, CPR, and Medical Supervision.
MT Admin Reg § 37.104.604 2008 An entity wishing to use or allow the use of an AED shall develop and update the AED as changes are made.
MT Admin Reg § 37.104.606 2008 Every time an AED is attached to a patient, its use must be reported to the medical supervisor or the medical supervisor's designee and the report must include the information required by the supervising medical supervisor.
MT Admin Reg § 37.104.610 2008 In order to be authorized by an AED program plan to use an AED, an individual must complete a cardiopulmonary resuscitation and AED training program that meets the standards of the American Heart Association and must renew this training at intervals not to exceed two years.
MT Admin Reg § 37.104.615 2008 A medical protocol for defibrillation use must be consistent with the requirements for defibrillation set out in the "2005 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care".
MT Code § 50-6-502 2007 Outlines the requirements prior to allowing the use of an AED.
MT Admin Reg § 37.104.616 2005 An AED used by an AED program must be a unit approved by the U.S. food and drug administration.
MT Code § 50-6-501 1999 Defines: Automated External Defibrillator, Department, Emergency Medical Service, Entity, Physician, and Public Safety Answering Point.
MT Code § 50-6-504 1999 Outlines the policy for AED violation.
MT Code § 50-6-506 1999 This part does not apply to the use of an AED by:
(1) a patient or the patient's caretaker if use of the AED is ordered by a physician; or
(2) a licensed health care professional, including an emergency medical technician, whose scope of practice includes the use of an AED.
MT Admin Reg § 37.104.605 1999 Outlines the requirements prior to allowing the use of an AED.