Dental practices in California are not required to have automated external defibrillators (AED). California state law (Civil Code §1714.21) excludes from civil liability the individual or entity that acquires an AED for emergency use if the individual or entity has complied with specific requirements contained in Health & Safety Code §1797.196. An individual or entity that acquires an AED shall do all of the following:
Building owners are not required to place AEDs in buildings. However, when an AED is placed in a building, the building owner must do all of the following:
Any person who, in good faith and not for compensation, renders emergency care or treatment by the use of an AED at the scene of an emergency is not liable for any civil damages resulting from any acts or omissions in rendering the emergency care.
A medical director or other physician and surgeon is not required to be involved in the acquisition or placement of an AED. 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.
The protections specified above do not apply in the case of personal injury or wrongful death that result from the gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct of the person who renders emergency care or treatment by the use of an AED.