AED Requirements and Lawsuits
An AED, if used correctly, can save someone’s life. Each state has different requirements and regulations surrounding the number of defibrillators needed for specific locations.
A lawsuit may ensue if a business or an organization does not comply with the state’s regulations. If you or someone you know has suffered injury or death due to a business not providing an AED, please contact Van Law Firm to discuss your options today. We can help!
What Are the Requirements for Using AEDs?
AEDs are to be placed in very specific locations. This can vary from state to state, so, for our sake, we will examine Nevada’s requirements. Some of the locations include:
- The Reno-Tahoe Airport must have at least 3 AEDs available in a central location within this airport;
- If a school district has a population of 100,000 or more, then an AED must be placed in a central location of each high school within that district;
- At least 2 AEDs in central locations of the following locations:
- Largest sporting arena in a county with a population of 100,000 but not more than 700,000;
- Event center controlled by a university in a county with a population of 100,000 but not more than 700,000;
- Largest sporting arena in a county with a population of 700,000 or more;
- Event center controlled by a university in a county with a population of 700,000 or more;
- At least 1 AED placed in a central location of the following state buildings:
- The Capitol building;
- The Legislative building; and
- The Grant Sawyer building.
- There is training required for employees of a school district, medical facility, or health club.
These requirements are meant to help provide the public with safety precautions if someone goes into cardiac arrest.
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What Lawsuits Have Arisen from AEDs?
Businesses and other organizations that fail to follow state requirements may be subject to liability. If a person goes into cardiac arrest and death results, the business organization may be held liable for that death. Gyms and fitness centers not only require an accessible AED, but employees must receive training on how to use AEDs.
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What Is an AED?
An AED is an automated external defibrillator. This is a medical device used to locate heart rhythm and it may provide an electric shock to restore that rhythm. Cardiac arrests occur from ventricular fibrillation as one’s heart rhythm fully stops.
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Why Are AEDs Needed?
A victim of cardiac arrest must seek medical attention immediately. The chance of survival greatly diminishes, between 7% and 10% every minute that passes without medical assistance. It is likely that if 10 minutes pass after a person suffers a cardiac arrest, their chance of survival will be greatly minimized.
The use of an AED will further help increase the chances of survival if it is readily available for use at the time someone suffers from a cardiac emergency.
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Where Are AEDs Supposed to Be Placed?
It is essential to keep AEDs in high-traffic areas in case one suddenly suffers from cardiac arrest. Heart conditions and heart disease are much more common. This reality has emphasized the need for AEDs to be stocked in high-traffic areas and states have adopted specific standards & requirements regarding AEDs.
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