We have all viewed fictitious or maybe non-fictitious AED's being used on TV in medical shows. Someone yells “Clear!” and then a shock occurs and then hopefully CPR. On the contrary, maybe you just know that the word AED is synonymous with CPR and is often needed in an emergency medical situation. Whatever your background, it is important to understand the realities behind the use of the AED and what is truth and what may be fiction.
The AED (automated external defibrillator) is a lightweight and portable device that administers an electric shock to a person whose heart has ceased to pump blood. In combination with chest compressions, the use of the AED can allow the heart to start beating again.
Here are a few important things to know regarding AED's:
If you live in San Antonio or South Texas, here at Help-A-Heart CPR we can show you the correct, safe, and efficient method to use an AED. With a wide selection of class times and at our training center in San Antonio, we have the options you need to fit AED training into your busy schedule. Do you want more information regarding AED's, Contact us to have your questions answered and enroll in an AED class for yourself or your organization here at Help-A-Heart CPR.
Medical emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time. This emergencies often occur in locations that cannnot be reached by emergency responders. However, these places may by accessible by civilian passersby just like you. That's why its important to understand the legal requirements pertaining to responding to medical emergencies. This precedent is called the Good Samaritan Law and its important for everyone to know how this law may apply to them.
An understanding what the Good Samaritan Law covers in your state is the first step in the preparation for an emergency. After gaining a better understanding of exactly what the Good Samaritan Law entails then you will hopefully feel better prepared to handle any potential life threatening emergency.
Here in Texas, according to the Texas Good Samaritan Act “a person who in good faith administers emergency care at the scene of an emergency or in a hospital is not liable in civil damages for an act performed during the emergency unless the act is willfully or wantonly negligent.”
So what do this mean for you? In layman’s terms this means that if an individual renders aid in any type of an emergency situation then they cannot be sued unless they are blatantly negligent.
Further, the above indicates that those who would NOT be exempt from The Texas Good Samaritan Act are essentially medical professionals, those that work in hospitals or medical facilities, or those that are expecting some type of repayment.
While a first aid kit is helpful in these medical emergencies that may occur. Even the first aid kit may not be helpful when the skills of the passersby are lacking. Do you want to sign up for these critical courses? Are you interested in learning more about the Good Samaritan Law? Our team at Help-A-Heart CPR, LLC is here to help. Although CPR is part of our name, we also provide Basic and Advanced First Aid classes with classes offered daily.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.