{"AED":"Automated External Defibrillator"}
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Law Number

R.R.S. Neb. 71-51,102

Summary Title

Liability: Use of an AED


An individual who, in good faith, provides emergency care by using an AED will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act while providing emergency care. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. This limitation on liability does not apply to on-duty health care professionals.

Full Title

Automated external defibrillator; use; conditions; liability

Full Text

(1) For purposes of this section: (a) Automated external defibrillator means a device that: (i) Is capable of recognizing the presence or absence of ventricular fibrillation or rapid ventricular tachycardia and is capable of determining, without intervention of an operator, whether defibrillation should be performed; and (ii) Automatically charges and requests delivery of an electrical impulse to an individual’s heart when it has identified a condition for which defibrillation should be performed; (b) Emergency medical service means an emergency medical service as defined in section 38-1207; (c) Health care facility means a health care facility as defined in section 71-413; (d) Health care practitioner facility means a health care practitioner facility as defined in section 71-414; and (e) Health care professional means any person who is licensed, certified, or registered by the Department of Health and Human Services and who is authorized within his or her scope of practice to use an automated external defibrillator. (2) Except for the action or omission of a health care professional acting in such capacity or in a health care facility, no person who delivers emergency care or treatment using an automated external defibrillator shall be liable in any civil action to respond in damages as a result of his or her acts of commission or omission arising out of and in the course of rendering such care or treatment in good faith. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to (a) grant immunity for any willful, wanton, or grossly negligent acts of commission or omission or (b) limit the immunity provisions for certain health care professionals as provided in section 38-1232. (3) A person acquiring an automated external defibrillator shall notify the local emergency medical service of the existence, location, and type of the defibrillator and of any change in the location of such defibrillator unless the defibrillator was acquired for use in a private residence, a health care facility, or a health care practitioner facility.