Archive - Apr 3, 2012

Archive - Apr 3, 2012

New Law Highlights Need to Use AEDs When Indicated

Andrew Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-P, a nationally recognized expert on AED law and a member of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Advisory Board, highlights an important development in his article, "If an AED is legislatively mandated, is there a duty to use it?"

He describes a new law which is the first to impose an affirmative duty on AED owners.

"Entities with AEDs should be aware of this development in AED law," says Roszak. "AEDs should be utilized in any situation in which they are indicated. Otherwise, the responder or business may end up having to defend a lawsuit and explain why the device was not used."

Read more here.

 

If an AED Is Legislatively Mandated, Is There a Duty to Use It?

Automated External Defibrillators – A Duty to Use

If an AED is legislatively mandated, is there also a duty to use it?

A fitness-club patron is playing racquetball at a local gym. Suddenly, he collapses on the court. The front desk calls 9-1-1 and a trainer begins to assess the collapsed patron’s condition. As part of the assessment, is the trainer under a duty to use an AED on the patron?

Historically, courts have been reluctant to impose a duty to aid a person in peril.

New to the Site and Looking for Advice

Hello All,

I'm very grateful to have been accepted to this site and hope to find some advice from those who have been here longer.

My mother suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in 2008. By the grace of God and a great amount of luck, she's still here with us. She surrvived with minimal brain damage thaks to therapeutic hypothermia. She now has an internal defibrillator.

At the time of her hospitalization, all they were able to tell us was that the cause of her Cardiac Arrest was idopathic. She has a slightly enlarged left ventricle, but they were unsure if this was the cause of her Cardiac Arrest, or if this was the result of the Cardiac Arrest. I'm sure there are many of you out there who have recieved such ambiguous answers. It's especially frustrating for me as I work in the medical field and although I know that medicine can only explain so much, I would greatly appreciate an answer other than "I don't know."

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