Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) placed throughout the community along with persons trained in CPR & AED use can make a significant difference in survival from sudden cardiac arrest. AEDs are restricted devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Texas Administrative Code also regulates ownership and use. The basic components (refer to rules for specific requirements) of the Texas rules are fairly easy to follow and require:
Medical Oversight – Most AEDs require a physician’s authorization for purchase. Texas also requires oversight which may be obtained using,
Commercial Medical Oversight programs often available through AED vendors,
A licensed physician agreeing to provide this for your AED program, or
The OMD may provide this oversight within the City of Austin and Travis County,
CPR and AED training that involves a licensed physician for a core of trained users,
Notification to the local EMS provider of the existence, physical location and type of AED, and
AED use procedures including use per the AED manufacturer’s procedures for operation.
If you wish to have Medical Oversight through the Austin/Travis County OMD, please request an AED Medical Oversight Form by emailing Louis.Gonzales2@austintexas.gov or calling our main number, (512) 978-0000.