CHAPTER 139

(HB 1105)

Revise certain provisions related to
the use of automated external defibrillators.


         ENTITLED, An Act to  revise certain provisions related to immunity from civil liability for the placement and use of automated external defibrillators.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:

     Section  1.  That § 20-9-4.3 be amended to read as follows:

     20-9-4.3.   Terms used in §§ 20-9-4.3 to 20-9-4.8, inclusive, mean:

             (1)      "AED," an automated external defibrillator;

             (2)      "Person," a natural person, organization, corporation, partnership, limited partnership, joint venture, association, government entity, or any other legal or commercial entity ;

             (3)      "Physician," a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 36-4 .

     Section  2.  That § 20-9-4.4 be amended to read as follows:

     20-9-4.4.   Any person, who in good faith obtains , uses, attempts to use, or chooses not to use an AED for use in providing emergency care or treatment, is immune from civil liability for any injury as a result of such emergency care or treatment or as a result of an act or failure to act in providing or arranging such medical treatment. This immunity applies only if the following requirements are fulfilled:

             (1)      The person tests and maintains the AED, or arranges to have such testing and maintenance performed on the AED pursuant to the AED manufacturer's specifications;

             (2)      The person involves a physician to authorize in writing AED placement and compliance with the requirements for AED training, notification of placement and use, and maintenance;

             (3)      An emergency medical services system is activated when an AED has been used to render emergency care or treatment; and

             (4)      The person has reported any emergency use of the AED to the physician.

     Section  3.  That § 20-9-4.5 be repealed.

     Section  4.  That § 20-9-4.7 be repealed.

     Signed February 14, 2007
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