Section 44-76 of the South Carolina Code of Laws sets standards for Automated External Defibrillator (AED) devices for owners of the devices. This statute has many very important components related to the supervision, training, maintenance, testing, use and reporting requirements related to AED devices.
South Carolina law requires that persons or entities that acquire an AED must have an AED Liaison assigned to supervise the device. The AED Liaison must be a healthcare professional licensed in South Carolina and some key responsibilities:
- Establishing a training plan to ensure that potential AED users have current training in CPR and AED use
- Development of AED use protocols and guidelines
- Strategies for AED deployment
- Maintenance plans for the AED
- Reporting responsibilities when the AED is used
This law also provides immunity from civil liability when a person or entity uses the AED gratuitously and in good faith. Section 44-76 supplements South Carolina’s “Good Samaritan Act” (SC Code of Laws Section 15-1-310) which provides similar civil immunity for persons rendering care at the scene of an accident or emergency:
Any person, who in good faith gratuitously renders emergency care at the scene of an accident or emergency to the victim thereof, shall not be liable for any civil damages for any personal injury as a result of any act or omission by such person in rendering the emergency care or as a result of any act or failure to act to provide or arrange for further medical treatment or care for the injured person, except acts or omissions amounting to gross negligence or wilful or wanton misconduct.
Code One Training Solutions, LLC has the knowledge and experience required to ensure that your workplace is ready to respond to an emergency. Our South Carolina AED Liaison Program provides the supervision, training, policies, deployment strategies, and maintenance plans that are required by law.