Phone: (803) 896-4500 Sheridon Spoon April Koon Alex Imgrund
Advice Counsel to the Board
providing legal advice to all Boards, Commissions
and Panels, as well as their administrative staff.
These attorneys do not provide legal advice to
parties outside LLR.
Phone: (803) 896-4500
Approved by the Board: May 17-20, 1998 Board meeting
Service Area: Medical
Subject: Automatic External Defibrillators
The use of automatic external defibrillators is a medical act as defined in S.C. Code Ann. § 40-47-40 (1976 & Supp. 1997), and is therefore considered to constitute the practice of medicine. However, the AED is by nature an emergency device that may properly be used by non-medical personnel under the emergency exception set forth in S.C. Code Ann. § 40-47-60 (1) of the South Carolina Medical Practice Act. In addition, a physician may delegate the use of such devices to non-medical, minimally trained personnel under S.C. Code Ann. § 40-47-60 (5).