State of Illinois

91st General Assembly

SB458 Enrolled                                
AN ACT in relation to automated external defibrillators.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section  1.  Short  title.   This Act may be cited as the
Automated External Defibrillator Act.
Section 5.  Findings; intent.  The General Assembly finds
that timely attention in medical emergencies saves lives, and that trained use  of  automated  external defibrillators  in medical  emergency  response can increase the number of lives saved.  It is the intent of the General Assembly to encourage training in lifesaving first aid, to set standards for the use  of  automated external defibrillators and to encourage their use.
Section 10.  Definitions.   As used in this Act:    "Automated external defibrillator" means a medical device
heart monitor and defibrillator that:
1)             has received approval of its premarket notification, filed pursuant to 21 U.S.C. Section 360(k), from the United States Food and Drug Administration;
2)             is capable of recognizing the presence or absence of ventricular fibrillation and rapid ventricular       tachycardia, and is capable  of  determining, without intervention by an operator, whether defibrillation        should be performed;
3)             3)upon determining that defibrillation should  be performed,  either  automatically charges and delivers an electrical impulse  to  an  individual,  or  charges  and delivers  an  electrical  impulse  at  the command of the operator; and 
4)             in the case of a defibrillator that may be operated  in either an automatic or a manual mode, is set to operate in the automatic mode. "Defibrillation" means   administering   an   electrical impulse  to  an  individual  in  order  to  stop  ventricular  fibrillation or rapid ventricular tachycardia.
"Person"  means  an individual, partnership, association,
corporation, limited liability company, or organized group of persons (whether incorporated or not).
"Trained AED user" means a person  who  has  successfully
completed  a  course  of  instruction  in accordance with the standards of a nationally recognized organization such as the American Red Cross or the American  Heart Association  or  a course  of  instruction in accordance with  the rules adopted under this Act to use an automated external defibrillator, or who is licensed to practice medicine in all its  branches  in this State.
"Department" means the Department of Public Health.
Section 15. Training.
a)  The  Department  shall  adopt  rules  regarding  the
establishment of programs to train individuals as trained AED users.   Rules  regarding  the  establishment  of programs to train individuals as trained  AED  users  shall  specify  the following:
1)     The   curriculum   of   any  program  to  train individuals   shall   include   complete   training    in cardiopulmonary  resuscitation  (commonly  referred to as "CPR")  prepared  according  to   nationally   recognized guidelines. 
2)     The    qualifications    necessary    for   any individuals to teach a program to train an individual  as a trained AED user. 
3)     The  time period for which training recognition shall be valid, and  the  recommendation  for  subsequent renewal.
(b)  In carrying out subsection (a), the Department shall
identify  an  appropriate  training  curriculum  designed for trained AED users who are members of the general public,  and a  training curriculum designed for trained AED users who are health professionals.
Section 20.  Maintenance; oversight.
a)  A   person   acquiring   an    automated    external
defibrillator shall take reasonable measures to ensure that:
1)     the  automated  external  defibrillator is used only by trained AED users; 
2)     the   automated   external   defibrillator   is maintained and tested  according  to  the  manufacturer's guidelines; 
3)     the   automated   external   defibrillator   is registered  with  the EMS system hospital in the vicinity of  where  the  automated  external  defibrillator   will primarily  be  located which shall oversee utilization of the automated  external  defibrillator  and  ensure  that training and maintenance requirements are met; and 
4)     any    person   who   renders   out-of-hospital emergency care or treatment to a person in cardiac arrest by using an automated  external  defibrillator  activates the  EMS  system  as  soon  as  possible  and reports any clinical use of the automated external defibrillator.
b)  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 automated external defibrillator.
Section   25.   Illinois  Department  of  Public  Health;
The Illinois Department of Public  Health shall   maintain   incident  reports  on  automated  external defibrillator use and conduct annual analyses of all  related data. The Department  shall  adopt  rules to carry out its responsibilities under this Act.
Section 30. Exemption from civil liability.
a)  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.
b)  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.
c)  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.
d)  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.