Know the Rules to Follow the Rules

So, you have AEDs in your organization

Did you know there are AED program rules (standards + laws) for your organization to follow? Such as:

  • Being properly prepared for sudden cardiac arrests
  • Responsibly performing during a sudden cardiac arrest
  • Doing all tasks required by AED laws
  • See more here

To follow the rules, you must know the rules . . .

And AED program rules are complicated.

Why follow the rules? 

So you can:

  • Responsibly design, set up and operate your AED program
  • Prove you are compliant with the rules (industry standards + AED laws)
  • Defend yourself in court if you get sued and avoid a financial penalty

Readiness Systems will help you know the rules, to follow the rules

AED Program Rules = Industry Standards
+ AED Laws

Industry Standards

What are they?

  • A set of guidelines for organizing the people, systems, equipment and activities of your AED program
  • A set of practices ensuring you perform responsibly during a sudden cardiac arrest
These standards apply to every organization having AEDs (though your specific practices will vary)

How do you learn them?

Get and read the national AED Program Design Guidelines™.

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Most AED programs operate on an ad-hoc basis

Readiness Systems wrote national AED Program Design Guidelines completely defining industry standards. No other published national standards exist. These Guidelines describe what you need to design, maintain and operate your AED program responsibly. 
Know the standards to follow the standards.

How do you prove you’re compliant with industry standards?

Design and document your complete AED program to follow the Guidelines.

Readiness Systems can design your complete AED program

We’ll collaborate with you to define and document all AED program components.

Why comply with industry standards?

  • To be prepared for sudden cardiac arrests in your organization
  • To perform responsibly during sudden cardiac arrests
  • To defend yourself in court if something goes wrong and you get sued
That’s why.

AED Laws

What are they?

A set of state statutes and regulations defining how to own, place and use AEDs
These include:
  • Things you must do to administer and operate your AED program. Such as: maintain AEDs, train people, receive medical direction, report to agencies, and more. 
  • Legal protections for your organization and people when reasonably trying to help someone having cardiac arrest (Good Samaritan immunity) 
  • Types of organizations that must have AEDs. Such as: health clubs, schools, high-population buildings, and others.
Every state’s AED laws are different.

AED laws ARE NOT industry standards

You can comply with AED laws and still not be properly prepared for a sudden cardiac arrest. Thus, you can follow the laws, perform poorly because you don’t follow industry standards, and get sued.

Why comply with AED laws?

  • To ensure your AED program is complete
  • To help you get Good Samaritan legal protections
  • To defend yourself in court if you get sued

How do you prove you’re compliant with AED laws?

  • Properly do what’s required as described by the AED laws
  • Document you are compliant, to prove you are compliant

Be compliant, be prepared

Lawyers suing you will try to use AED law non-compliance against you. They will try to convince a court you should pay a financial penalty because you didn’t do what AED laws say. 
Know the laws to follow the laws.

How do you learn the AED laws? 

Subscribe to the AED Law Center to know the laws for your state.

AED Law Center

Your online information resource to help you:
  • Learn the AED laws for any state
  • Understand the AED laws in plain English
  • Stay informed about any and all pending AED legislation, nationwide

What’s Included

AED Laws

Learn the laws

Full versions of AED laws (statutes and regulations) for every state. 
These describe what you must know and do to operate your AED program, legally and responsibly; what liability protections are available; and what types of organizations must have AEDs.

AED Law Profiles

Understand the laws

Clear, authoritative analysis and explanations of laws for every state. In plain English.
These include:
AED Law Summaries: A high-level overview of each state’s AED laws.
Administrative and Operational Requirements:  Description of those things you must do to administer and operate your AED program. 
Liability Protection: Explanation of what Good Samaritan immunity protections are (or are not) available for your AED program and people. 
AED Deployment Mandates: A list of types of organizations, if any, required to have AEDs.

AED Legislation Tracking

Stay informed of changes to the laws

Legislation and regulation tracking system watching for changes to each state’s AED laws. 
Readiness Systems monitors this activity and updates the tracking database every day.
Receive notifications when laws are added or changed. Cool, huh?

Contact us to schedule an AED Law Center demo.

Who needs the AED Law Center?

  • AED owners and program managers to learn what things they must do and document
  • AED manufacturers and distributors to learn which types of organizations must have AEDs and what they must do when selling AEDs
  • AED trainers to know which states require AED training and who must receive training
  • Policymakers and regulators to learn how to improve AED laws 
  • Lawyers to best advise you about your AED program. And, to advise the court if something goes wrong and there is a lawsuit.
  • Media to accurately report on AED programs and activities

Why the AED Law Center? 

To have current, accurate and complete information

Only the AED Law Center has complete, up-to-date AED laws to help you become and stay compliant.

Buyer beware

You can find free AED law information” on the internet. But really, how free” is information that is incomplete, inaccurate and unreliable?
Too much is at stake for being and proving you’re compliant.

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