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Utah - AED Statutes & Regulations

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Utah Summary
RequirementSummary
Good Samaritan LawProtection from civil liability is extended to good faith rescuers, AED acquirers, the owner or manager of the premises where the AED is located, CPR/AED trainers, and physicians who oversee the AED program or provide prescriptions for AEDs, provided the person acts as an ordinary, reasonably prudent person would have acted under the same circumstances.
AED TrainingA person who owns or leases an AED shall encourage each person who is likely to use the AED to complete courses on CPR/AED, but a rescuer is not required to be trained.
EMS NotificationsThe seller of an AED shall notify the buyer in writing of the EMS reporting requirements

The AED owner or lessee shall notify EMS of the location of the AED.
AED TamperingA person is guilty of a class C misdemeanor if the person removes, tampers with, or otherwise disturbs an AED, AED cabinet or enclosure, or AED sign (unless performing maintenance or otherwise authorized).

Utah Statutes and Regulations
StatuteAbstract
Utah Code, 26-8b-102. Definitions

As used in this chapter:

(1) “Automatic external defibrillator” or “AED” means an automated or automatic computerized medical device that:

(a) has received pre-market notification approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration, pursuant to 21 U.S.C. Sec. 360(k);

(b) is capable of recognizing the presence or absence of ventricular fibrillation or rapid ventricular tachycardia;

(c) is capable of determining, without intervention by an operator, whether defibrillation should be performed; and

(d) upon determining that defibrillation should be performed, automatically charges, enabling delivery of, or automatically delivers, an electrical impulse through the chest wall and to a person’s heart.

(2) “Bureau” means the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, within the department.

(3) “Cardiopulmonary resuscitation” or “CPR” means artificial ventilation or external chest compression applied to a person who is unresponsive and not breathing.

(4) “Emergency medical dispatch center” means a public safety answering point, as defined in Section 63C-7-103, that is designated as an emergency medical dispatch center by the bureau.

(5) “Sudden cardiac arrest” means a life-threatening condition that results when a person’s heart
Utah Code, 26-8b-301. Reporting location of automatic external defibrillators.

(1) In accordance with Subsection (2) and except as provided in Subsection (3):

(a) a person who owns or leases an AED shall report the person’s name, address, and telephone number, and the exact location of the AED, in writing, or by a web-based AED registration form, if available, to the emergency medical dispatch center that provides emergency dispatch services for the location where the AED is installed, if the person:

(i) installs the AED;

(ii) causes the AED to be installed; or

(iii) allows the AED to be installed; and

(b) a person who owns or leases an AED that is removed from a location where it is installed shall report the person’s name, address, and telephone number, and the exact location from which the AED is removed, in writing, or by a web-based AED registration form, if available, to the emergency medical dispatch center that provides emergency dispatch services for the location from which the AED is removed, if the person:

(i) removes the AED;

(ii) causes the AED to be removed; or

(iii) allows the AED to be removed.

(2) A report required under Subsection (1) shall be made within 30 days after the day on which the AED is installed or removed.

(3) Subsection (1) does not apply to an AED:

(a) at a private residence; or

(b) in a vehicle or other mobile or temporary location.

(4) A person who owns or leases an AED that is installed in, or removed from, a private residence may voluntarily report the location of, or removal of, the AED to the emergency medical dispatch center that provides emergency dispatch services for the location where the private residence is located.

(5) The department may not impose a penalty on a person for failing to comply with the requirements of this section.
Utah Code, 26-8b-302. Distributors to notify of reporting requirements.

A person in the business of selling or leasing an AED shall, at the time the person provides, sells, or leases an AED to another person, notify the other person, in writing, of the reporting requirements described in Section 26-8b-301.
Utah Code, 26-8b-302. Distributors to notify of reporting requirements.

A person in the business of selling or leasing an AED shall, at the time the person provides, sells, or leases an AED to another person, notify the other person, in writing, of the reporting requirements described in Section 26-8b-301.
Utah Code, 26-8b-303. Duties of emergency medical dispatch centers.

An emergency medical dispatch center shall:

(1) implement a system to receive and manage the information reported to the emergency medical dispatch center under Section 26-8b-301;

(2) record in the system described in Subsection (1), all information received under Section 26-8b-301 within 14 days after the day on which the information is received;

(3) inform a person who calls to report a potential incident of sudden cardiac arrest of the location of an AED located at the address of the potential sudden cardiac arrest;

(4) provide verbal instructions to a person described in Subsection (3) to:

(a) help a person determine if a patient is in cardiac arrest; and

(b) if needed:

(i) provide direction to start CPR;

(ii) offer instructions on how to perform CPR; or

(iii) offer instructions on how to use an AED, if one is available; and

(5) provide the information contained in the system described in Subsection (1), upon request, to the bureau.
Utah Code, 26-8b-401. Education and training.

(1) The bureau shall work in cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies and schools, to encourage individuals to complete courses on the administration of CPR and the use of an AED.

(2) A person who owns or leases an AED shall encourage each person who is likely to use the AED to complete courses on the administration of CPR and the use of an AED.
Utah Code, 26-8b-402 AEDs for demonstration purposes.

(1) Any AED used solely for demonstration or training purposes, which is not operational for emergency use is, except for the provisions of this section, exempt from the provisions of this chapter.

(2) The owner of an AED described in Subsection (1) shall clearly mark on the exterior of the AED that the AED is for demonstration or training use only.
Utah Code, 26-8b-501. Tampering with an AED prohibited Penalties.

A person is guilty of a class C misdemeanor if the person removes, tampers with, or otherwise disturbs an AED, AED cabinet or enclosure, or AED sign, unless:

(1) the person is authorized by the AED owner for the purpose of:

(a) inspecting the AED or AED cabinet or enclosure; or

(b) performing maintenance or repairs on the AED, the AED cabinet or enclosure, a wall or structure that the AED cabinet or enclosure is directly attached to, or an AED sign;

(2) the person is responding to, or providing care to, a potential sudden cardiac arrest patient; or

(3) the person acts in good faith with the intent to support, and not to violate, the recognized purposes of the AED.

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