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.