A federal appeals court in California ruled this week in support of the California Supreme Court in the case of Verdugo v. Target.
[The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation had submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of the plaintiff in this case.]
While it is extremely disappointing that the California courts have not recognized the importance of preparing for sudden cardiac arrest in big box stores such as Target, it is good to know that while Judge Harry Pregerson, part of a three-member appeals court panel, accepted the decision, he called it "troubling."
The devices are “inexpensive, nearly foolproof,” and “should be as common as first-aid kits,” he said.
"Defibrillators are crucial to the survival of sudden cardiac-arrest victims,” he said. They were formerly sold by Target for $1,200, and, according to one study, can be used effectively by untrained sixth-graders. On-site defibrillators are particularly useful in big-box stores, he said, because of the time it would take for an outside medical crew to navigate the premises. He further noted that Oregon requires large retailers to keep the devices available.
Amen, Judge Pregerson. Let's hope that other policy-makers will be influenced by your insights.
See ruling here.