Compliance and Regulations

Most states, including South Carolina, require written AED plans, outlining AED deployment, reporting, and maintenance procedures. As long AED units are maintained according to manufacturer recommendations, most entities that purchase AEDs are protected from legal liability. What do you need to do to make your lay rescuer AED program as effective as possible? According to the new guidelines, attention to the following elements will help:


Action Checklist for Effective Lay Rescuer AED Programs

• Identify a qualified healthcare provider to provide program oversight.

• Develop, practice and follow a written response plan.

• Identify and train likely rescuers, taking into account the need for refresher training and rescuer turnover.

• Remember that cardiac arrest victims may need CPR, treatment with an AED or both, so rescuers should be prepared to not only to use the AED but also to provide quality CPR.

• Be sure the program is integrated with the local EMS system.

• Develop and implement a process of ongoing quality improvement that feature routine inspections of AED devices and electrodes, and evaluation of post-event data including response plan effectiveness, rescuer performance, and AED function

• High Quality CPR requires likely rescuers to use the most up-to-date AHA CPR guidelines.

• AEDs save lives—as long as they are kept in working order and used promptly in cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

• "Survival from cardiac arrest depends on the reliable operation of AEDs," said lead study author Lawrence DeLuca, MD, EdD, of the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine in Tucson. "AEDs can truly be lifesavers but only if they are in good working order and people are willing to use them."

• Failing to follow AED state laws regarding maintenance and inspection can be considered grossly negligent if the AED unit is not regularly inspected and maintained.

• The Key to Preventing Most AED Failures; Have a Written Maintenance, Inspection and Deployment Plan!

• Most AED Manufacturers are releasing AED software updates to reflect 2010 guideline changes.

Individual State AED Laws

South Carolina State Law requires each school district to place an AED in every high school and implement an automated external defibrillator program compliant with state law.

Several states now require AED’s in public facilities and athletic facilities. Each state law varies, for more information check each state’s individual AED legislation.


South Carolina - North Carolina - Georgia - Florida


OSHA Requirements & Best Practices Guides:

OSHA’s Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program outlines suggestions and requirements of your Workplace First-aid program to include CPR and AED training... read more


OSHA Blood-borne Pathogens Standard - 1910.1030 covers employer requirements to protect employees from exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials... read more


OSHA’s Best Practices for Hospital-based First Receivers of Victims from Mass Casualty Incidents Involving the Release of Hazardous Substances... read more


State Daycare Requirements

E-Med Training is approved through the "South Carolina Center for Child Care Career Development" to teach Blood-borne Pathogens for Daycares needing this DSS required training. Contact E-Med Training to schedule your CCCD approved blood-borne pathogen class today!


This link highlights the first aid, CPR, and blood-borne pathogen training requirements for the types of child care facilities that are approved, licensed, or registered by the South Carolina Department of Social Services... read more


South Carolina Tattoo & Body Piercing Facilities

National Safety Council Emergency Care courses are approved training programs through SCDHEC for Tattoo and Body Piercing Facilities. These courses include Adult CPR, First Aid, and Blood-borne Pathogens.




Call E-Med Training Services and see if we can help your emergency care program become compliant! 803.361.8927