Good Samaritan & AED Guidelines


In the Gospel of Luke, the parable is introduced by a question, known as the Great Commandment:

Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”

He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, with all your mind, [Deuteronomy 6:5]; and your neighbour as yourself [Leviticus 19:18].”

He said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.”

But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbour?”
— Luke 10:25–29, World English Bible
Jesus replies with a story:

Jesus answered, “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he travelled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, ‘Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.’ Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbour to him who fell among the robbers?”

He said, “He who showed mercy on him.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
— Luke 10:30–37, World English Bible

Good Samaritan Laws for the use of prescribing and administration of Epinephrine for an severe allergic reaction:

INJURY PREVENTION: FOOD ALLERGIES 50 State Compilation Summary Matrix of State Laws Addressing Epi-Pen Use in Schools Enacted or adopted as of December 31, 2015

Network for Public Health Law FOOD SAFETY – FOOD ALLERGY POLICY Issue Brief





  • Epi-pen prescribing and administration 
  • Trained school personnel may administer prescription and nonprescription medication. -A parent/guardian of a student with a prescription may request in writing that backup epinephrine be kept at a reasonably secure location in a student’s classroom if a health care professional verifies in writing that lack of immediate access to auto -injectable epinephrine may be life threatening.


AED Laws for Washington

Washington State Law (RCW 70.54.310) requires medical direction to a person or entity purchasing an AED to ensure proper training and use of the device. Registering your AED will help connect you with a medical director.



OSHA PDF  Saving Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victims in the Workplace (AED) Automated External Defibrillators

Seattle and King County Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Site Documentation Form

A site visit is provided either by your local fire department or King County EMS to discuss:

  • Training guidelines
  • Post cardiac arrest event guidelines
  • Determine the number of AEDs and placement
  • Limited or open availability
    • Limited restricts access to the general public or limits access only to trained AED rescuers
    • Open accessibility is placing an AED so it is available to everyone
  • Secured or unsecured
  • Audio-visual alarm – activates lights and an audio alarm when the AED is removed
  • Automatic notification system – automatically notifies the local EMS/fire agency or in-house security
  • Assistance in completing AED registration forms and establishing procedures If an AED is used for a cardiac emergency, the following steps should be incorporated into your AED procedures:
    • Please contact the King County AED Program Manager at 206-263-8317 whenever the AED is opened and applied to a person. This is a critical step for you to take in helping EMS to improve care and treatment from sudden cardiac arrest, and thus increase the chances of survival.
    • Put the AED back in service by checking supplies-pads, towel, razor, gloves; check battery; and clean the AED.
    • Conduct an event review and provide emotional support to rescuers.

Substitute House Bill 1556 CPR/AED Instruction in High Schools 2013 Legislative Session Summary Medical Emergency Response Guidelines

WASBO Risk Management Committee Guidelines for Implementing an AED Program

Risk Management Essentials: A Self-Study Course for Medical Office Staff

AED LAWS for each state

AEDs in the Workplace: Benefit or Burden?

Cardiac Science
Corporate Headquarters
3303 Monte Villa Parkway
Bothell, WA  98021
(800) 426-0337 (opens new window)
753 Boston Post Road
Guilford, CT 06437
(866) 333-4248 (opens new window)
HeartSine Technologies, Inc.
105 Terry Drive, Suite 116
Newtown, PA.  18940 USA
215-860-8100 (opens new window)
Philips Medical Systems/Heartstream
3000 Minuteman Road
Andover, MA 01810-1099
(800) 934-7372 or (978) 659-1099 (opens new window)
11811 Willows Road NE
PO Box 97006
Redmond, WA 98073-9706
(800) 442-1142 or (425) 867-4000 (opens new window)
ZOLL Medical Corporation
Worldwide Headquarters
269 Mill Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824-4105
(800) 348-9011 (opens new window)