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Connecticut - AED Statutes & Regulations

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Connecticut Summary
RequirementSummary
Good Samaritan LawProtection from liability is extended to individuals who are trained in CPR, AED acquirers, AED program sites and AED users; however, CPR/AED Trainers, AED Program Medical Directors may not be covered.
SchoolsAEDs are required in schools. Athletic departments of each institution of higher education are also required to have AEDs. School personnel should be trained in the use of AEDs.
Golf CoursesGolf courses must have at least one AED on premise.
Connecticut Statutes and Regulations
StatuteAbstract
Connecticut General Statutes - 52-557b. "Good Samaritan law". Immunity from liability for emergency medical assistance, first aid or medication by injection. School personnel not required to administer or render. Immunity from liability re automatic external defibrillators.

a) . . . a person trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation in accordance with the standards set forth by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association, or a person operating an automatic external defibrillator, who, voluntarily and gratuitously and other than in the ordinary course of such person’s employment or practice, renders emergency medical or professional assistance to a person in need thereof, shall not be liable to such person assisted for civil damages for any personal injuries which result from acts or omissions by such person in rendering the emergency care, which may constitute ordinary negligence. A person or entity that provides or maintains an automatic external defibrillator shall not be liable for the acts or omissions of the person or entity in providing or maintaining the automatic external defibrillator, which may constitute ordinary negligence. The immunity provided in this subsection does not apply to acts or omissions constituting gross, wilful or wanton negligence. With respect to the use of an automatic external defibrillator, the immunity provided in this subsection shall only apply to acts or omissions involving the use of an automatic external defibrillator in the rendering of emergency care. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to exempt paid or volunteer firefighters, police officers or emergency medical services personnel from completing training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or in the use of an automatic external defibrillator in accordance with the standard set forth by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.

For the purposes of this subsection, automatic external defibrillator means a device that:
(1) Is used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart;
(2) contains internal decision-making electronics, microcomputers or special software that allows it to interpret physiologic signals, make medical diagnosis and, if necessary, apply therapy;
(3) guides the user through the process of using the device by audible or visual prompts; and
(4) does not require the user to employ any discretion or judgment in its use.
Connecticut General Statutes - 10-212d. Availability of automatic external defibrillators in schools. Emergency action response plans for life-threatening emergencies.

(a) On and after July 1, 2010, subject to the provisions of subsection (d) of this section, each local and regional board of education shall have at each school under the board’s jurisdiction:
(1) An automatic external defibrillator; and
(2) school personnel trained in the operation of such automatic external defibrillator and the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The automatic external defibrillator and school personnel trained in the operation of an automatic external defibrillator and the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation shall be accessible during the school’s normal operational hours, during school-sponsored athletic practices and athletic events taking place on school grounds and during school sponsored events not occurring during the normal operational hours of the school.
(b) Not later than July 1, 2010, each school shall develop an emergency action response plan that addresses the appropriate use of school personnel to respond to incidents involving an individual experiencing sudden cardiac arrest or a similar life-threatening emergency while on school grounds.
(c) Not later than July 1, 2010, each school with an athletic department or organized athletic program shall develop an emergency action response plan that addresses the appropriate use of school personnel to respond to incidents involving an individual experiencing sudden cardiac arrest or a similar life-threatening emergency while attending or participating in an athletic practice or event while on school grounds.
(d) A local or regional board of education shall not be required to comply with the provisions of subsection
(a) of this section if federal, state or private funding is not available to such local and regional board of education to purchase an automatic external defibrillator and pay for the training of school personnel described in said subsection
(a). A local and regional board of education may accept a donation of an automatic external defibrillator that meets the standards established by the United States Food and Drug Administration and is in compliance with the device manufacturer’s maintenance schedule. A local and regional board of education may accept gifts, grants and donations, including in-kind donations designated for the purchase of an automatic external defibrillator and for the costs incurred to inspect and maintain such device and train staff in the use of such device.
Connecticut General Statutes - 10a-55l. Automatic external defibrillator requirements for institutions of higher education athletic departments.

(a) Not later than January 1, 2013, the athletic department of each institution of higher education shall develop and implement a policy consistent with this section concerning the availability and use of an automatic external defibrillator during intercollegiate sport practice, training and competition. (b) Each athletic department of an institution of higher education shall (1)(A) provide and maintain in a central location that is not more than one-quarter mile from the premises used by the athletic department at least one automatic external defibrillator, as defined in section 19a-175, and (B) make such central location known and accessible to employees and student-athletes of such institution of higher education during all hours of intercollegiate sport practice, training and competition, (2) ensure that at least one licensed athletic trainer or other person who is trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automatic external defibrillator in accordance with the standards set forth by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association is on the premises used by the athletic department during all hours of intercollegiate sport practice, training and competition, (3) maintain and test the automatic external defibrillator in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines, and (4) promptly notify a local emergency medical services provider after each use of such automatic external defibrillator. As used in this section, the premises used by the athletic department means those premises that are used for intercollegiate sport practice, training or competition and may include, but need not be limited to, an athletic building or room, gymnasium, athletic field or stadium; and intercollegiate sport means a sport played at the collegiate level for which eligibility requirements for participation by a student-athlete are established by a national association for the promotion or regulation of collegiate athletics..
Connecticut General Statutes - 19a-197c.Automatic external defibrillators required on public golf courses.

Each public golf course, as defined in section 30-33, shall provide and maintain in a central location on the premises of the public golf course, at least one automatic external defibrillator, as defined in section 19a-175.

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