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West Virginia State AED Laws

 Summary of Requirements

To ensure compliance with AED regulations, a designated medical director plays a pivotal role in coordinating various aspects of the program. This includes overseeing training, collaborating with EMS services, devising AED deployment strategies, and reviewing each AED operation. Operators are required to undergo CPR and AED training, which must adhere to approved programs, while AEDs need to be maintained according to manufacturer guidelines, with detailed records kept. Furthermore, any emergency use of an AED should be promptly reported to the program's medical director, ensuring proper follow-up and coordination with the EMS system.
Summary of Requirements
AED-Check.jpg Physician Must designate a medical director for the coordination of the program,
which shall include, but not be limited to, training, coordinating with
EMS, creating AED deployment strategies and reviewing each operation of
an AED.
AED-Check.jpg CPR/AED Training The anticipated operator of an AED must receive appropriate training in
cardiopulmonary resuscitation, referred to as "CPR", in the operation of
an AED and in the determination of advance directives from the American
Heart Association, American Red Cross, any other nationally recognized
course in CPR and AED or an AED and CPR training program approved by the
Office of Emergency Medical Services.
AED-Check.jpg EMS Notification
An entity providing an early defibrillation program
shall register the program with the Office of Emergency Medical
Services, pursuant to article four-c of this chapter, identifying the
placement of AEDs, training of anticipated operators, preplanned EMS
system coordination, designation of a medical director, maintenance of
AED equipment and reports of AED utilization.

Must notify the local EMS system and public safety
answering point or other appropriate emergency dispatch center of the
existence of an entity's early defibrillation program, the location of
the program and the program's plan for coordination with the EMS system.

AED-Check.jpg Maintenance Program Must maintain and test the AED in accordance with the manufacturer's
guidelines and keep written records of this maintenance and testing.
AED-Check.jpg Notification of Use An operator of an AED who renders emergency care or treatment on a
person experiencing cardiac arrest shall activate the EMS system as soon
as possible and shall report the use of an AED to the program medical

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WV Code § 16-4D-4 - 2016

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

Laws / Legislation
Date Summary
WV Code § 18-2-25c 2020 Requires Automated External Defibrillators and trained personnel at school athletic events and practices, effective by the 2021-2022 school year.
WV Code § 22-1-3 & 22-3-4 2018 AEDs are required at underground mines and surface mines.
WV Code
§ 30-4A-(4-7)
2016 Outlines AED requirements for dental offices.
WV Code
§ 16-4D-1
2016 The West Virginia Legislature hereby finds and declares that each year more than two hundred fifty thousand Americans die from out-of-hospital incidents of sudden cardiac arrest. More than ninety-five percent of these incidents result in death and, in many cases, death occurs because properly trained persons with life-saving AEDs arrive at the scene too late.
WV Code
§ 16-4D-2
2016 Defines: Anticipated Operator, Automated External Defibrillator, Early Defibrillation Program, Emergency Medical Services, Entity, Medical Director, and Unanticipated Operator.
WV Code
§ 16-4D-3
2016 Outlines instructions to ensure the public health and safety for a person that acquires an AED.
WV Code
§ 18-2-9
2016 The state board shall prescribe a standardized health education assessment to be administered within health education classes to measure student health knowledge and program effectiveness.