Laws Regarding AED's
What are the current prescription requirements?
For home users, there is one AED that has been exempted from the usual prescription
requirement by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Some states also require medical
direction/physician oversight for the use of the device. The physician extends his/her
license to the group purchasing the service to shock the patient with 'doctor's orders',
reviews the EKG after an event, and provides assistance and feedback after use.
There is currently prescription requirement for all workplace programs, regardless
of the brand of AED. This service is easily provided by medical direction services,
and can be provided by Less Stress Instructional Services. Our purchased AED's already
include the price of prescription. Our leased programs include medical direction
service that includes post-
What are the regulations what enable AED use by non-
States generally regulate that at the local level. Most of them are very simple
laws that allow individuals with a 3-
In summary, you can feel good about implementing an AED program at almost any location. In fact, the greater legal concern these days is in not having an AED at a location where is was reasonable and prudent to have one.
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With the national EMS response time hovering around 8-
AED's are virtually standard in some industries these days. Most Fortune 1000 companies already have them in their offices. You would be hard pressed to find an airport, commercial aircraft, or casino without one. They are even commonplace in fitness centers, houses of worship, and in schools.