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ILLINOIS  - State Laws for Automated External Defibrillators ( AED )

Last Updated: 08/21/2011

Summary of Requirements
Physician Must have involvement of an Illinois licensed physician to ensure AED compliance.
CPR / AED Training An automated external defibrillator should be used only by trained AED users.
EMS Notification The automated external defibrillator must be registered with the EMS system hospital in the vicinity of where the AED will primarily be located which shall oversee utilization of the AED and ensure that training and maintenance requirements are met. A person in possession of an automated external defibrillator shall notify an agent of the local emergency communications or vehicle dispatch center of the existence, location, and type of the AED.
Maintenance Program The automated external defibrillator must be maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's guidelines.
Notification of Use Any person who renders out-of-hospital emergency care or treatment to a person in sudden cardiac arrest by using an automated external defibrillator must activate the EMS system as soon as possible and report any clinical use of the AED.


"Good Samaritan" Protection
Rescuer Purchaser Property Owner Physician Trainer
Illinois Statute 410 ILCS 4 "A physician licensed in Illinois to practice medicine in all its branches who authorizes the purchase of an automated external defibrillator is not liable for civil damages as a result of any act or omission arising out of authorizing the purchase of an automated external defibrillator, except for willful or wanton misconduct, if the requirements of this Act are met.
An individual or entity providing training in the use of automated external defibrillators is not liable for civil damages as a result of any act or omission involving the use of an automated external defibrillator, except for willful or wanton misconduct, if the requirements of this Act are met.

A person owning, occupying, or managing the premises where an automated external defibrillator is located is not liable for civil damages as a result of any act or omission involving the use of an automated external defibrillator, except for willful or wanton misconduct, if the requirements of this Act are met.

A trained AED user is not liable for civil damages as a result of any act or omission involving the use of an automated external defibrillator in an emergency situation, except for willful or wanton misconduct, if the requirements of this Act are met."


Related Laws/Legislation
Reference Effective Date Law Summary
HB 5838 2010 Amends physical fitness facility AED requirements by removing the requirements of HB 1279 stating that if a building is not within 300 feet of an outdoor event, the AED trained responder must have the AED unit with him or her during the event. Also stipulates that the size of the area or the number of buildings or floors that occupy a facility shall determine whether or not more than one AED unit be on the premises.
HB 921 2010 Requires a written emergency response plan and an AED in dental offices that administer anesthesia or sedation.
HB 1279 2008 Amends physical fitness facility requirements that indoor and outdoor facilities have an AED on-site. Also specifies that there must be an AED trained user on staff at all physical fitness activities. The outdoor fitness center must have a building within 300 feet of the event or activity with unimpeded access to the AED. If a building is not within that distance, the trained AED user must have the AED unit with him or her during the activity.
HB 1058 2008 Heartsaver AED Fund-Grants – Provides that the Department of Public Health has the power to make matching grants from the Heatsaver AED Fund.
SB 404 2007 Revises Good Samaritan protection to provide immunity for an agency, organization, or individual who sponsors, authorizes, supports, finances, or supervises the training of persons in the use of automated external defibrillators. Provides for similar immunity for an individual who teaches such a course of instruction.
SB 458 2007 Creates the Automated External Defibrillator Act. Provides for training, maintenance, and oversight requirements concerning automated external defibrillators. Training must include complete CPR training in addition to AED training. Establishes immunity protection for the physician who prescribes the AED, the owner of the AED, and the person who owns, occupies or manages the facility where the AED is located and used.
HB 4232 2005 Creates the Physical Fitness Facility Medical Emergency Preparedness Act also known as the Colleen O’Sullivan Law – Requires various indoor physical fitness facilities to have at least one automated external defibrillator. This law does not include health facilities that serve less than 100 individuals, or that is located in a hospital, hotel/motel or any outdoor facility. It also does not apply to facilities that do not employ people who instruct, train or assist people who use the facility. The facilities that are required to have an AED on-site must have had a written emergency response plan in place by July 1, 2005.

We make a best effort to keep the above legislation information current, complete and accurate, however this information is not intended as legal advice and may contain inaccurate or incomplete information. We encourage you to contact your state representative should you require additional information: http://www.house.gov/representatives/

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