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Critical Maryland AED Regulations to Know

Critical Maryland AED Regulations to Know

Maryland AED requirements

To comply with the law and be prepared to save a life, it is important to understand the automated external defibrillation (AED) requirements in the state of Maryland. These requirements affect schools, swimming pools, dental offices, and any facility wishing to acquire an AED.

Protection for Good Samaritans

As per MD Cts & Jud Pro Code § 5-603 (2013), a person who rescues a victim using an AED in good faith and without compensation, and hands over care of the victim to emergency medical services upon their arrival, is shielded from civil responsibility for any outcomes arising from performing automated external defibrillation.

Additionally, according to MD Educ Code § 13-517 (2013), people who fall under the following category are also immune from civil liability, except in instances of gross negligence, willful or wanton misconduct.

  • The AED acquirer
  • The owner of the facility in which the AED is located
  • The person who retrieves the AED
  • The supervising physician
  • The instructor in an approved AED training program or educational training course
  • People involved in designing, managing, or operating an AED program

A facility that acquires an AED must satisfy the EMS Board’s requirements in order to enjoy immunity against civil liability.

AEDs in Schools

As per MD Educ Code § 7-425 (2013), every high school in every county in Maryland must keep an automated external defibrillator (AED) on the premises. Additionally, at school-sponsored athletic events, there must be someone trained in using AEDs. 9th grade students must receive AED training prior to graduation.

AED Suggestions for Schools

The HeartSine Samaritan PAD 350P, Samaritan PAD 360P, and Samaritan PAD 450P are ideal for fulfilling Maryland AED requirements. These portable defibrillators are the lightest in the industry at only 2.4 lbs. A simple two-button operation makes it easy for anyone to use the device, and easy-to-use pediatric pads are available (sold separately).

Automated External Defibrillators at Swimming Pools

Each county or municipality that operates a swimming pool must develop an automated external defibrillator program according to the requirements in MD Educ Code § 13-517 (2013), COMAR 30.06.02, and § 1-1310 LOCAL GOV’T. The program must include facility registration with the emergency medical services system, AED educational and training programs, refresher training, medical oversight from a physician or regional council AED committee, quality assurance, AED maintenance, and reporting.

AED Suggestions for Swimming Pools

TheZOLL AED Plus is an excellent choice for swimming pools thanks to its high dust and water rating, shock resistance, and compact design. Fully automatic and semi-automatic automated external defibrillators are available.

AEDs in Dental Offices

As per Maryland Code of Regulations – 10.44.12.01, .02, .11, dentists must have a defibrillator or automated external defibrillator on-site in order to qualify for a permit to administer outpatient anesthesia and sedation.

AED Suggestions for Dental Offices

The Philips HeartStart FRx is recommended for dental offices because:

  • The optional CPR coaching can be turned off if not required.
  • The child/infant key attenuates the energy of the shock without the need to purchase pediatric electrode pads.
  • The pads are compatible with many EMS defibrillators, allowing for seamless continuity of care.

Be Prepared to Save a Life by Knowing the Law

Ensuring Rapid Response with Maryland AED Requirements. The Maryland AED requirements aim to have AEDs readily available and prepared for use in locations where sudden cardiac arrests are most likely to occur, such as schools, athletic events, swimming pools, and dental offices using outpatient sedation. These requirements for training, registration, and certification help ensure coordination with emergency medical services for the quickest possible response.

AED program management can help you make sure you comply with AED laws in Maryland and around the United States in a coordinated and systematic way. Know your obligations, and prepare your team and facility to be ready to save a life in an emergency.

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