AED State Laws


Kentucky State AED Law

Kentucky has Good Samaritan laws in place that encourage public bystander action and AED deployment.

Below is a full list of AED requirements in Kentucky. Check out which groups might be impacted by the legislation.

Summary of Requirements


An owner of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must have medical oversight of the AED program by a licensed physician in Kentucky to ensure compliance requirements in regards to training, maintenance, notification, and communication with local EMS. The physician must also work with the AED sit to establish protocols for deployment and review of each time the AED is used.

CPR/AED Training

An owner of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and expected users of the device must receive training from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or equivalent nationally recognized course in CPR and the use of an AED.

EMS Notification

Any owner of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must notify local EMS of the existence, location, and type of AED acquired.

Maintenance Program

An owner of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must ensure that the AED is properly maintained and tested according to the manufacturer guidelines.

Notification of Use

Any person that uses an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in the case of an emergency must report the incident to the EMS system as soon as possible and report any clinical data from the AED.

Good Samaritan Protection

  • rescuer
  • property owner
  • physician
  • trainer
Reference Summary

KY Rev. Stat 311.668

Provides Good Samaritan protection for use of an AED and establishes guidelines for AED programs.

Laws / Legislation

Reference Summary

KY Rev. Stat 158.302

Requires high schools to include CPR training in the health education curriculum. Provides a waiver from CPR training for students with disabilities or who are physically unable to perform the skill. Clarifies that high schools are not required to have an AED on the premises.

201 Ky. Admin. Regs. 8:550

Outlines AED requirements for dental offices.

HB 383

Requires high school coaches to be trained in cardiopulmonary
resuscitation and in the use of automated external defibrillators;
requires automated external defibrillators be on-site for every high
school practice, athletic activity or sporting event.

HB 107

An Act pertaining to public and private preschools, elementary schools, secondary schools and athletic buildings, athletic rooms, gymnasiums,
swimming pools, athletic fields, etc. and requiring that each entity
have at least one USFDA approved automated external defibrillator in
each building used by students for learning or athletic-related events.

KY Rev. Stat 311.666

Defines: Automated External Defibrillator, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and Emergency Medical Services/System.

KY Rev. Stat 311.667

Establishes guidelines for AED programs and provides for immunity for use of an automated external defibrillator. The Act also requires that any person or business that acquires an AED shall make sure that the American Heart Association, American Red Cross or other nationally recognized organizations, trains anyone who may use the AED in CPR and AED use.

KY Rev. Stat – 311.665

It is the intent of the legislature that an automated external defibrillator may be used for the purpose of saving the life of another person in cardiac arrest when used in accordance with the provisions of KRS 311.667.

HB 331

Schools throughout the state of Kentucky are required to have AEDs readily available. Coaches and school staff also must receive training on cardiac arrest, AEDs and CPR and emergency preparedness plans must be put in place.

The AED emergency preparedness plan must be rehearsed prior to the beginning of each athletics season.

This information is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice. While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, AED laws and requirements change frequently. We encourage you to refer to your legal counsel or state agencies with questions about your state's AED laws or AED Good Samaritan requirements.