The DLA Piper newsletter this week notes an announcement by the Tasmanian Department of Health & Human Services, regarding the first recorded resuscitation using a registered defibrillator.

A man had collapsed at a gym. When a call was placed for an ambulance to attend, the emergency operator was able to advise the caller that there was a registered defibrillator at the gym. That device was successfully used by a ‘Good Samaritan” at the scene as part of CPR pending arrival of the ambulance.

Early US litigation in California has not as yet recognised a duty, at least on the part of retail stores, to provide a defibrillator on site. However the The Cardiac Arrest Survival Act requires the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish guidelines for placing AEDs in federal buildings.

For more information on the Early Access to Defibrillation Program in Tasmania see: www.ambulance.tas.gov.au/eadp.