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While automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are not required in dental offices, dentists in California who wish to equip their office with an automatic external defibrillator (AED) must follow specific guidelines to ensure compliance with California Law, Health and Safety Code 1797.196.
The law provides that a person or entity that acquires an AED for emergency purposes is not liable for any civil damages resulting from use of an AED to provide emergency care if that person or entity does all of the following:
Additionally, building owners must follow specific requirements to obtain immunity:
Any person who in good faith, and not for compensation, renders emergency medical or nonmedical care or assistance at the scene of an emergency is not liable for civil damages resulting from any act or omission other than an act or omission constituting gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.
A medical director or other physician and surgeon is not required to be involved in the acquisition or placement of an AED, nor is a written plan required. A manufacturer or retailer supplying an AED must provide all information governing the use, installation, operation, training, and maintenance of the AED to the purchaser or owner of the AED.
Note: We recommend that dental employers consult with their professional liability carrier for additional recommendations on emergency medical management of patients.
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