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Indiana mandates that AED programs include maintenance, placement notification, and emergency services activation. The state also requires CPR and AED training for all high school students. Users of AED programs are protected under the Good Samaritan law, with immunity based on adherence to certain administrative and operational guidelines. Furthermore, Indiana stipulates the installation of AEDs in health clubs.

Indiana Law Key Takeaways

Requirement

Summary

Good Samaritan Law
Good Samaritan protection is granted to both individuals and businesses that permit expected users to operate an AED and to those who use the AED in rescue efforts. This protection is contingent on the AED being duly registered and maintained, the prompt summoning of an ambulance post-AED use, and the absence of gross negligence or deliberate misconduct in the actions taken.
Preventative Maintenance
Anyone who obtains a defibrillator must maintain and test it following the manufacturer's instructions for operation.
EMS Notification
A person or entity acquiring a defibrillator must notify EMS of the AED's acquisition and location.
Health Clubs
AEDs and CPR/AED-trained employees are required in health clubs.
Schools
CPR/AED is a required component of school corporations' and accredited non-public schools' high school curriculum.

Indiana Statutes and Regulations

A person or entity acquiring a defibrillator shall ensure that the defibrillator is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer’s operational guidelines.

Sec. 5. A person or entity in possession of a defibrillator shall notify the:

(1) ambulance service provider that serves the area where the person or entity is located; or

(2) emergency medical services commission;

of the acquisition and location of the defibrillator.

(a) This section does not apply to services rendered by a health care provider (as defined in IC 34-18-2-14 or IC 27-12-2-14 before its repeal) to a patient in a health care facility (as defined in IC 27-8-10-1).

(b) Except as provided in subsection (c), a person who comes upon the scene of an emergency or accident, complies with IC 9-26-1-1.5, or is summoned to the scene of an emergency or accident and, in good faith, gratuitously renders emergency care at the scene of the emergency or accident is immune from civil liability for any personal injury that results from:

(1) any act or omission by the person in rendering the emergency care; or

(2) any act or failure to act to provide or arrange for further medical treatment or care for the injured person;

except for acts or omissions amounting to gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.

(c) This subsection applies to a person to whom IC 16-31-6.5 applies. A person who gratuitously renders emergency care involving the use of an automatic external defibrillator is immune from liability for any act or omission not amounting to gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct if the person fulfills the requirements set forth in IC 16-31-6.5.

(d) This subsection applies to an individual, business, or organization to which IC 16-31-6.5 applies. An individual, business, or organization that allows a person who is an expected user to use an automatic external defibrillator of the individual, business, or organization to in good faith gratuitously render emergency care is immune from civil liability for any damages resulting from an act or omission not amounting to gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct by the user or for acquiring or providing the automatic external defibrillator to the user for the purpose of rendering the emergency care if the individual, business, or organization and the user fulfill the requirements set forth in IC 16-31-6.5.

(e) A licensed physician who gives medical direction in the use of a defibrillator or a national or state approved defibrillator instructor of a person who gratuitously renders emergency care involving the use of an automatic external defibrillator is immune from civil liability for any act or omission of the licensed physician or instructor if the act or omission of the licensed physician or instructor:

(1) involves the training for or use of an automatic external defibrillator; and

(2) does not amount to gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.

(a) “Gratuitously renders emergency care”, for purposes of IC 34-30-12-1, means the giving of emergency care (including the use of an automatic external defibrillator):

(1) that was volunteered without legal obligation on the part of the person rendering the emergency care; and

(2) for which the person rendering the emergency care does not expect remuneration.

(b) Emergency care may not be considered to be gratuitously rendered emergency care solely because of the failure to send a bill for the emergency care.

An owner or operator of a health club shall do the following:

(1) Ensure that a defibrillator is:

(A) located on the health club premises and easily accessible to the health club staff, members, and guests; or

(B) if:

(i) the health club is located on the premises of a business of which the health club is a part; and

(ii) the business has an emergency response team;

located on the premises of the business and easily accessible to the emergency response team.

(2) Employ at least one (1) individual who:

(A) has satisfactorily completed a course consistent with the most current national guidelines for; and

(B) is currently certified in;

cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillator use.

(3) Reasonably ensure that at least one (1) individual described in subdivision (2) is on the health club premises when staff is present at the health club during the health club’s business hours.

(4) A health club that is not staffed must have the following on the premises:

(A) A telephone for 911 telephone call access.

(B) A sign in plain view containing an advisory warning that indicates that members of the unstaffed health club should be aware that working out alone may pose risks to a health club member’s health and safety.

(C) A sign in plain view providing instruction in the use of the defibrillator and in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

(5) Ensure compliance with the requirements set forth in IC 16-31-6.5.

(6) Post a sign at each entrance to the health club that indicates the location of each defibrillator.

A person is immune from civil liability for acts or omissions involving the use of or the failure to use a defibrillator located on the premises of a health club under this chapter as provided under IC 34-30-12-1.

(a) As used in this section, “charter school” does not include a virtual charter school, as defined in IC 20-24-1-10.

(b) As used in this section, “psychomotor skills” means skills using hands on practice to support cognitive learning.

(c) Except as provided in subsection (f), each school corporation, charter school, and accredited nonpublic school shall include in the charter school’s, school corporation’s or accredited nonpublic school’s high school health education curriculum instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator for its students. The instruction must incorporate the psychomotor skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use an automated external defibrillator and must include either of the following:

(1) An instructional program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

(2) An instructional program that is nationally recognized and is based on the most current national evidence based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

(d) A school corporation, charter school, or an accredited nonpublic school may offer the instruction required in subsection (c) or may arrange for the instruction to be provided by available community based providers. The instruction is not required to be provided by a teacher. If instruction is provided by a teacher, the teacher is not required to be a certified trainer of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

(e) This section shall not be construed to require a student to become certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator. However, if a school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school chooses to offer a course that results in certification being earned, the course must be taught by an instructor authorized to provide the instruction by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or a similar nationally recognized association.

(f) A school administrator may waive the requirement that a student receive instruction under subsection (c) if the student has a disability or is physically unable to perform the psychomotor skill of the instruction required under subsection (c).

*Codes and regulations cited from Justia US Law.

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