State of Kentucky
Good Samaritan Laws
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. §311.667 (AED Requirements)
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. §311.668 (AED immunity)
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. §411.148 (Gen. Stat.)
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. §411.200 (501(c) Officer Immunity)
- Provides immunity for rescuers
- Provides immunity for acquirers and enablers
- Encourages/requires CPR & AED Training such as AHA, ARC or other nationally recognized training course.
311.667 Requirements for person or entity acquiring an automated external defibrillator.In order to ensure public health and safety:
- A person or entity who acquires an AED shall ensure that:
- Expected AED users receive American Heart Association or American Red Cross training in CPR and AED use, or an equivalent nationally recognized course in CPR and AED use;
- The AED is maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines;
- There is medical oversight of the AED program by a physician licensed in Kentucky to ensure compliance with requirements for training, maintenance, notification, and communication with the local emergency medical services system. The physician providing oversight shall also work with the AED site to establish protocols for AED deployment and conduct a review of each use of an AED; and
- Any person who renders emergency care or treatment on a person in cardiac arrest by using an AED activates the local emergency medical services system as soon as possible and, if an entity with an AED program, reports any clinical use of the AED to the licensed physician.
- Any person or entity who acquires an AED shall notify an agent of the local emergency medical services system and the local emergency communications or vehicle dispatch center of the existence, location, and type of AED acquired.
History: Created 2000 Ky. Acts ch. 16, sec. 3, effective July 14, 2000.
311.668 Immunity from civil liability for user of automated external defibrillator -- Exemption from KRS 311.667 for Good Samaritan.
- Any person or entity who, in good faith and without compensation, renders emergency care or treatment by the use of an AED shall be immune from civil liability for any personal injury as a result of the care or treatment, or as a result of any act or failure to act in providing or arranging further medical treatment, where the person acts as an ordinary, reasonable prudent person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances.
- The immunity from civil liability for any personal injury under subsection (1) of this section includes the licensed physician who is involved with AED site placement, the person or entity who provides the CPR and AED site placement, the person or entity who provides the CPR and AED training, and the person or entity responsible for the site where the AED is located.
- The immunity from civil liability under subsection (1) of this section does not apply if the personal injury results from the gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct of the person rendering the emergency care.
- The requirements of KRS 311.667 shall not apply to any individual using an AED in an emergency setting if that individual is acting as a Good Samaritan under KRS 411.148 and KRS 313.257.
History: Created 2000 Ky. Acts ch. 16, sec. 4, effective July 14, 2000.
411.148 Nonliability of licensees and certified technicians for emergency care.
- No physician licensed under KRS Chapter 311, registered or practical nurse licensed under KRS Chapter 314, person certified as an emergency medical technician by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, person certified by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or employee of any board of education established pursuant to the provision of KRS 160.160, who has completed a course in first aid and who maintains current certification therein in accordance with the standards set forth by the American Red Cross shall be liable in civil damages for administering emergency care or treatment at the scene of an emergency outside of a hospital, doctor's office, or other place having proper medical equipment excluding house calls, for acts performed at the scene of such emergency, unless such acts constitute willful or wanton misconduct.
- Nothing in this section applies to the administering of such care or treatment where the same is rendered for remuneration or with the expectation of remuneration.
- The administering of emergency care or treatment at the scene of an emergency by employees of a board of education shall not be considered to be rendered for remuneration or with the expectation of remuneration because such personnel perform such care as part of their regular professional or work responsibilities for which they receive their regular salaries from the school board which is their employer.
History: Amended 2005 Ky. Acts ch. 99, sec. 647, effective June 20, 2005. -- Amended 1998 Ky. Acts ch. 426, sec. 599, effective July 15, 1998. -- Amended 1980 Ky. Acts ch. 3, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1980. -- Amended 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 74, VI, sec. 107(11). -- Created 1972 Ky. Acts ch. 35, sec. 1.
411.200 Immunity from civil liability of officer, director or trustee of nonprofit organization.Any person who serves as a director, officer, volunteer or trustee of a nonprofit organization qualified as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as from time to time amended, and who is not compensated for such services on a salary or prorated equivalent basis, shall be immune from civil liability for any act or omission resulting in damage or injury occurring on or after July 15, 1988, if such person was acting in good faith and within the scope of his official functions and duties, unless such damage or injury was caused by the willful or wanton misconduct of such person.
Effective: July 15, 1988
History: Created 1988 Ky. Acts ch. 2, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1988.
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