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Rhode Island State AED Laws

 Summary of Requirements

A physician's approval is required for AED purchases. AED users should receive training following American Heart Association or American Red Cross standards. However, there are no specific regulations regarding EMS notification, maintenance, or notification of use.
Summary of Requirements
AED-Check.jpg Physician Must have physician approval of the AED purchase.
AED-Check.jpg CPR/AED Training AED user must be trained in the use of an AED in accordance with
standards promulgated by either the American Heart Association or the
American Red Cross.
EMS Notification No Current Legislation
Maintenance Program No Current Legislation
Notification of Use No Current Legislation

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RI Gen Laws § 9-1-34 - 2012

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

Laws / Legislation
Date Summary
RI Gen Laws § 23-6.5-2 2017 Outlines instructions to ensure the public health and safety for a person that acquires an AED.
RI Gen Laws § 23-6.2-2 2016 Outlines requirements of the Rhode Island municipal police academy, regarding AED distribution among every city in Rhode Island.
RI Gen Laws § 16-22-15 2013 The department of elementary and secondary education shall develop and prescribe a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training course for public school students in the state. The course shall be established in accordance with the requirements and criteria obtained from the Red Cross and/or the American Heart Association and the director of the department of health.
RI Gen Laws § 5-50-12 2013 Outlines AED requirements for health clubs.
Statute 9-1-34 1999 Provides for Good Samaritan protection.
SB 2239 1998 Provides defibrillators for every city and town in the state.