New York's AED law

By Amy Kotlarz/Catholic Courier    |    07.01.2010
Category: Health


New York state requires public schools, state-owned public buildings, health clubs with more than 500 members, public gathering locations and public surf beaches with lifeguards to have an AED and trained providers.

Additionally, such organizations as parishes may purchase an AED for public use. The individual or organization must meet the following criteria to do so:

  • Notify the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council and the state Department of Health.
  • Get a collaborative agreement with a state-licensed doctor or hospital to serve as the emergency health care provider. The agreement needs to include protocol for AED users, identification of the location of AED units, routine inspection and maintenance of the machines, and incident documentation requirements.
  • Select an AED approved by state guidelines that is capable of defibrillating adult and pediatric patients.

  • Select and use a state-approved defibrillator training course; 12 such courses are approved in the state.

  • Notify 911 and ambulance dispatchers of the availability of an AED.

  • File with the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council a signed collaborative agreement and a notice of intent to provide public-access defibrillation.

  • If the AED is used, the individual or organization must report the incident to the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council.


    Source: New York State Department of Health

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