A victim’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) drop 10% for every minute that passes without high-quality CPR. Unfortunately, emergency first responders can’t get to everyone that quickly, and a victim’s only hope is for a passerby or lay responder to step in and be willing to help.
In an effort to promote the purchase and use of public access AEDs, the U.S. government established Good Samaritan protection in 2000. This protection was intended to dispel any fear that you might face legal or criminal consequences for attempting to help a person in need.
Similar laws have been passed throughout the U.S. and around the world to help promote the use of an AED when a member of the general public finds someone who is unresponsive and not breathing.
Businesses and other AED owners, however, are somewhat different. How does a business show good intent to qualify for Good Samaritan protection if they aren’t the ones using the AED?
Can a business prove that it was not negligent? If a business can establish that it did everything required by law to maintain its AEDs and thereby provide the best possible chance for a victim’s survival, through performing routine maintenance, then it too can qualify for Good Samaritan protection. This includes changing batteries on time and keeping up with the pads expiration—in other words, having an AED management program in place.