Bill Text: MN HF1971 | 2013-2014 | 88th Legislature | Introduced

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Bill Title: Automatic external defibrillator (AED) registration provided.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2014-03-19 - Second reading [HF1971 Detail]

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1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to public safety; providing for the registration of automatic external
1.3defibrillators;proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 403.

1.7    Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms
1.8have the meanings given them.
1.9(b) "Automatic external defibrillator" or "AED" means an electronic device designed
1.10and manufactured to operate automatically or semiautomatically for the purpose of
1.11delivering an electrical current to the heart of a person in sudden cardiac arrest.
1.12(c) "AED registry" means a registry of AEDs that requires a maintenance program
1.13or package, and includes, but is not limited to, the following registries: the Minnesota
1.14AED Registry, the National AED Registry, iRescU, or a manufacturer-specific program.
1.15(d) "Person" means a natural person, partnership, association, corporation, or unit
1.16of government.
1.17(e) "Public access AED" means any AED that is purchased with the intent of being
1.18for the general benefit of employees of a business or organization or the general public that
1.19may happen to be in the vicinity of that AED, or an AED that is maintained, displayed, or
1.20kept in an area other than a private residence, that by the nature of its location may be
1.21presumed to be intended for the potential benefit of the general public near that location. It
1.22does not include an AED that is owned or used by a hospital or clinic that is intended to be
1.23used by staff and is not marked or displayed in a manner to encourage public access.
2.1(f) "Maintenance program or package" means a program that will alert the AED
2.2owner when the AED has electrodes and batteries due to expire or replaces those expiring
2.3electrodes and batteries for the AED owner.
2.4(g) "Public safety agency" means local law enforcement, county sheriff, municipal
2.5police, tribal agencies, state law enforcement, fire departments, including municipal
2.6departments, industrial fire brigades, and nonprofit fire departments, joint powers agencies,
2.7and licensed ambulance services.
2.8(h) "Mobile AED" means an AED that (1) is purchased with the intent of being
2.9located in a vehicle, including, but not limited to, public safety agency vehicles; or (2)
2.10will not be placed in stationary storage, including, but not limited to, an AED used by an
2.11athletic trainer at a sporting event.
2.12(i) "Private use AED" means an AED purchased with the intent of not being
2.13available for the general benefit of employees of a business or organization or the general
2.14public. This may include, but is not limited to, AEDs found in private residences.
2.15    Subd. 2. Registration. A person who purchases or obtains an AED, except an AED
2.16intended for private use or use as a mobile AED, shall register that device with an AED
2.17registry within five working days of receiving the AED.
2.18    Subd. 3. Required information. A person registering an AED shall provide the
2.19following information for each AED:
2.20(1) AED manufacturer, model, and serial number;
2.21(2) specific location where the AED will be kept so that it may be quickly located in
2.22an emergency;
2.23(3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and other contact information for
2.24individuals responsible for the maintenance of the AED at that location; and
2.25(4) the schedule of the availability of the AED, a description of how the AED is to
2.26be accessed, and emergency contact telephone number or numbers.
2.27    Subd. 4. Information changes. The owner of an AED shall notify their AED
2.28registry of any changes in the information that is required in the registration within five
2.29working days of the change occurring.
2.30    Subd. 5. Public access AED requirements. A public access AED:
2.31(1) may be inspected by a public safety agency during the hours that the AED is
2.32intended to be available to the public;
2.33(2) shall be kept in the location specified in the registration;
2.34(3) shall be maintained in fully operational condition in accordance with the
2.35manufacturer's specifications; and
3.1(4) shall have a charged battery installed in the AED. A battery may not be kept in
3.2the AED case beyond the "use-by date." A dead battery may not be kept in the AED
3.3or in the AED case.
3.4    Subd. 6. Removal of AED. An authorized agent of a public safety agency may
3.5direct the owner of an AED to comply with this section. An authorized agent of a public
3.6safety agency may direct the owner of an AED to remove the AED from the premises
3.7and to remove any public signs relating to that AED if it is determined that the AED
3.8is not ready for immediate use.
3.9    Subd. 7. Private use of AED. The owner of an AED intended for private use is
3.10not subject to the requirements of this section but is encouraged to maintain the AED in a
3.11consistent manner.
3.12    Subd. 8. AEDs for mobile use. The owner of a mobile AED is not subject to the
3.13requirements of this section but is encouraged to maintain the AED in a consistent manner.
3.14    Subd. 9. Signs. A person acquiring an AED intended for public use is encouraged
3.15but is not required to post signs bearing the universal AED symbol in order to increase
3.16the ease of access to the AED in the event of an emergency. A person may not post any
3.17AED sign or allow any AED sign to remain posted if there is no functional AED present at
3.18that location, or upon being ordered to remove or cover any AED signs by an authorized
3.19agent of a public safety agency.
3.20    Subd. 10. Emergency response plans. The owner of one or more AEDs intended
3.21for public use shall develop an emergency response plan appropriate for the location
3.22of each AED and the nature of the facility the AED is intended to serve. The response
3.23plan must include:
3.24(1) emphasis placed upon calling 911 immediately or as soon as can be reasonably
3.26(2) notifying the 911 answering point that an AED is on site and may be used upon
3.27a person;
3.28(3) a method to ensure that the AED may be used safely in an emergency;
3.29(4) a method to keep the 911 public safety answering point informed of the
3.30patient's condition, including whether the patient is conscious or unconscious, whether
3.31cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is being performed, whether shocks are delivered,
3.32and any other information relevant to an appropriate medical response;
3.33(5) a method for getting the AED to the person suffering a potential cardiac
3.34emergency and alerting others in the facility of the need for the AED in the vicinity;
3.35(6) a method for directing emergency medical responders to the patient in the most
3.36expeditious and safe manner; and
4.1(7) a process to train employees, or others who are likely to regularly be in the area
4.2of the AED, how to use the AED and execute the emergency response plan.
4.3EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective retroactively from January 1, 2014.