Category Archives: AED safety and liability

AED Liability Issues

You are thinking about investing in AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) but you’re concerned about the liability issues of having them.  Perhaps these questions have crossed your mind:

  • What if we have AEDs but employees don’t act in a cardiac arrest?
  • What if an employee makes a mistake in the rescue?
  • What if we were to do harm rather than save a life?
  • Would we be at more legal risk by having AEDs than not?

These are excellent questions but allow the experts at AED One-Stop Shop to put you at ease.  Let’s start with the fact that every FDA approved AED only delivers a shock if the patient is in sudden cardiac arrest, in other words it can’t shock or harm a healthy person. AEDs are commonplace now and they are designed for both the lay person as well as the trained responder.  AEDs are remarkably easy-to-use and they are most reliable as far as their technology.

Now let’s discuss a few important legal aspects.  Every State has a Good Samaritan Law which provides legal protection for all parties in an attempted rescue which include the rescuer, the organization, the supplier, etc.  Furthermore, the AED makers offer their customers Indemnification Policies which protect against a very occasional product failure.  These policies vary in language and in coverage but their legal protection for the AED consumer is often millions of dollars.

AED Program Management is yet another service or offering which can certainly help mitigate risk for a Company or Organization investing in AEDs.  These services include Medical Direction from a doctor, readiness audits and tracking, and all necessary documentation like registering your program with the State or local EMS bureau.

The sum of these consumer protections make the legal climate more favorable for AEDs than ever before.  In fact some would argue that because AEDs are now the “standard of care” in most industries that one who fails to keep up with the standard is at significant legal risk in the event of a cardiac arrest death.

One last note, beyond the legal pros and cons most would agree that investing in safety is the right thing to do for employees, customers, students and visitors.  Contact AED One-Stop Shop at 855-677-AEDs or Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com if you have questions about legal issues or need help deciding if AEDs are right for your organization.

AED Prices, Safety, and Liability

Why do some small businesses (and medium ones too) not have workplace AEDs (Defibrillators) to protect their employees, customers and visitors?  In short, it’s usually a misperception or lack of understanding about one of three concerns:  the cost of AEDs, safety features of AEDs, or liability fears.  Let’s take a close look at these.The

A.  Affordability of AEDs.  Granted when AEDs first became available their average cost was much higher but like with most technology products the price has gone down.  Partly due to advancement in technology, market competition, broadening markets, and savvy consumers AEDs have become more affordable than you might think.  It is not uncommon to find a more affordable AED machine model for $1000 or so and a model rich with features for about $1600.

B.  Safety of AEDs. One of the greatest fears of customers is that a mistake might be made with an Automated External Defibrillator that results in a healthy person being harmed or even killed.  If this concern is yours you’ll be reassured that this simply can’t happy with an FDA-approved AED.  Once the two electrodes are placed on a patient’s chest the AED is able to analyze their heart rhythm.  The sophisticated algorithm within the device interprets the ECG to determine if a shock is needed.  For more on how to use an AED read more here.

C.  Liability and Legal Risk. There’s no doubt that in the U.S. legal climate individuals, businesses and government entities are cautious about being sued.  It’s important to note that AED buyer’s and users have legal protection.  State Good Samaritan Laws offer legal protection when a rescue is attempted with good intent.  Manufacturer Indemnification Policies offer huge financial protection in the event of an AED product failure.  The truth is the best way to avoid being sued in the event of a cardiac arrest death is to invest in AEDs & CPR/AED training and meet or exceed the “standard of care” in your industry.

AED One-Stop Shop provides straight answers to customer questions and concerns.  We use our industry knowledge to arm our customers with the facts.  Ultimately the decision to protect lives with AEDs or not is theirs but we provide expert opinion and great resources that organizations can weigh.  Call 855-677-2337 to speak with us or email us at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com.

The Reliability of an AED

When one purchases AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) they typically do so in hopes these life-saving devices are never needed.  They demonstrate proactive thinking and a priority on making the workplace safe.  When that dreaded moment happens and someone drops to what appears to be sudden cardiac arrest, how does one know the AED will work and it will function as it’s supposed to?  In other words, what good is a life-protecting defibrillator if it’s not ready when it’s needed most?

It’s important to know that AED manufacturers have certainly anticipated this need for reliability in the design of their products.  All public defibrillators perform self-testing to help detect and diagnose any issues with the device prior to the moment it is needed for a rescue.  AEDs awake periodically to perform a self-test process, it does this automatically on a scheduled-basis without any user-intervention required.  These self-tests typically check battery strength, pad connectivity, pad integrity, software, internal components and hardware, and more.  Be aware that some AEDs perform these tests more or less frequently ranging from daily to weekly.  Furthermore some AEDs do more robust and comprehensive testing than others.  These self-testing protocols are important and should be considered in the selection process.

If a problem is detected in the AED it sounds an audible chirp and displays a visual indicator of some type.  These audible and visual clues that the device is problematic and perhaps not rescue-ready vary from brand to brand.  For most warnings the AED will describe the problem with voice and or text prompts that might alert that “battery is low” or “replace pads” or “service required.”

At AED One-Stop Shop we believe product reliability should be considered as part of the selection process.  We also recommend an AED Program Management Solution which includes tracking software and email reminders to check your AEDs. By assigning an internal point of contact to visual check the AED each month an organization can lessen the risk that an AED is not ready when needed.  Do chose an AED with good reliability and consider Program Management to improve your organizations overall readiness.  Visit us at AED One-Stop Shop, call us at 855-677-AEDS, or email us at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com to discuss your AED needs today.

Emergency Management & AED Defibrillators

AED One-Stop Shop is proud to work with a large number of Emergency Management agencies across the United States.  Emergency Management is the creation of plans through which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters.  It is important to note that Disaster management does not avert or eliminate the threats, instead it focuses on creating plans to decrease the impact of disasters. Failure to create a plan could lead to damage to assets, human mortality, and lost revenue. It’s estimated that in the United States about 60% of businesses do not have emergency management plans.

The product category of Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs is one that is incorporated into such plans for general preparedness.  The adoption of these most affordable life-saving devices is driven in part by the alarming statistics that about 1,000 Americans die each day by falling victim to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Emergency Managers in effort to protect lives within communities and workplaces design programs which make AEDs available.  The very best AED programs incorporate the right type and quantity of public defibrillators which are strategically placed to yield response times of less than 3 minutes.  Furthermore they incorporate ample training so that employees are knowledgeable, confident and unintimidated by their use.  Not to be overlooked is Program Management, this term refers to a comprehensive system which includes protocols, tracking, auditing and direction and oversight from a medical physician.

AED One-Stop Shop Our Website has the answers for Emergency Managers and alike.  We utilize an extremely consultative approach in which we ensure that all facets of an AED program are implemented.  Following a detailed needs analysis (completed at no charge to the customer) we recommend the most appropriate product for their specific needs.  We offer 5 leading brands, over 20 AED models, all needed accessories like wall cabinets and child pads and the services which accompany the life-protecting devices.

Call 855-677-2337 or email Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com to discuss your situation and to begin weighing the facts for a public defibrillator program.

Workplace Safety & Defibrillators

U.S. Companies should be proud of their safety initiatives and the heightened consciousness towards making workplaces “heart-safe” environments.  With AED or public defibrillator programs implemented these corporations are able protect their employees, customers and visited from sudden cardiac arrest death.  At the same time, savvy safety teams, risk managers and human resources departments realize that by implementing such programs they are also mitigating risk.

As professionals in the industry, we are often asked about the legal ramifications of placing AEDs in facilities and vehicles.  Some are concerned that they can be sued for having AEDs if a save attempt is not successful.  Most professionals agree that with improved Good Samaritan Laws, modified indemnification policies and comprehensive program management offerings (with Medical Oversight and asset tracking) the protection of the law is quite good.  On the other hand those organizations that have not yet invested in AEDs are exposed to risk.  If companies don’t keep up with “standard of care” within their segment they can certainly be opened to the threat of legal ramifications.

Beyond the discussion about liability, deploying life-saving AED devices is certainly the right thing to do.  In settings with ample AEDs, CPR-trained responders and a well-designed program survival rates have been shown to exceed 50% versus the bleak national averages of just 5% or less.

Furthermore, AEDs are becoming more affordable and even easier to use.  AED costs for corporations are down significantly with an average price of about $1500.  Large corporate deployments with bulk discounts applied can sometimes drive the price down to less than $1000 per AED.  The AED manufacturers have done a remarkable job enhancing device usability with ease-of-use features that make the rescue easier.  Watch a demonstration or video about AEDs and you’ll quickly learn that the voice prompts and visual prompts make saving a life more simple than you might imagine.

AED One-Stop Shop has an approach which is very consultative.  We arm our customers with facts and trends and much, much more to help them decide on whether to invest in AEDs.  Beyond that, we help chose the right device type and complementary offerings like CPR and program management.  This customer-oriented philosophy is helping to make AED One-Stop Shop one of the very fastest growing brands in the industry.  Email us at Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com and we’ll help you to implement a workplace AED program.

Public Defibrillators in the Community Setting

Communities large and small all over the U.S. are making investments in safety to protect their people from one of the Nation’s biggest killers, Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  The numbers are staggering just how many lives are suddenly and tragically lost to Cardiac Arrest, on an average it’s about 1,000 lives per day in the United States alone.  Equally troubling is that SCA does not discriminate affecting both men and women and even young school age lives.

So what are communities doing about it?  Individuals such as emergency managers, risk managers, human resources, safety officers and more are investing in easy-to-use Public Defibrillators.  Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs have been available for a decade a half and in that span they have become much easier to use due to technology advancements and they’ve also become more affordable with an average price now of about $1500.

Many misperceptions about AEDs still exist about who may use them, their safety, and their cost.  Despite those misunderstandings, adoption is increasing for cities, villages, townships, counties and state government.  These communities target the protection of their employees as well as places where people gather to help protect lives.  Public defibrillators are commonly placed in parks and recreation departments, city halls, courthouses, pools, libraries, schools, electric utilities as well as in first responder vehicles like PDs, FDs, Sheriffs, Marshals and VFDs.

AED One-Stop Shop Contact Us specializes in protecting lives in the Community Setting and we help to create well-designed Public Access to Defibrillation Programs.  Email us mailto:Sales@AEDOneStopShop.com for more details on how to do this and for detailed pricing.  Our experts help customers determine the best AED make and model for their program, develop training plans for CPR/AED certification and solutions to ensure the AEDs are maintained and ready for use when needed.  Call 855-677-2337 for a free needs assessment and for professional consultation.

We applaud all communities who are implementing these safety initiatives before there’s a crisis or lives lost.

AED Defibrillator Quick Facts

AEDs are Automated External Defibrillators and they are designed for public use, in other words you can save a life with one.

Here’s a task for you that could add to your awareness of where public defibrillators are and aren’t, and just maybe this could contribute to a life being saved.  Simply look around when you go through your day-to-day life, are there AEDs in your gym or health club?  What about your workplace?  What about your church?  Your kid’s sports or activities? Your local grocery store?  Is there an AED at your coffee shop or favorite restaurant?

Here are some interesting facts that you should know:

AEDs are not expensive: the average cost is down to about $1500 and a decade ago the cost was sometimes double that.  A small price to protect lives, right?

Defibrillators are safe:  they utilize wonderful technology and their algorithms determine if a shock is needed by analyzing the victim’s heart rhythm.

Automated External Defibrillators are designed to be easy:  they use voice prompts to tell you what to do in a step-by-step approach.  Often they have visual prompts which complement the voice by showing you what to do.

AED laws are on your side:  State Good Samaritan Laws protect responders and their organizations when they use an AED and deliver CPR.  Also the AED manufacturers have indemnification policies which protect you in the very remote chance the defibrillator fails.

We hope you found these quick facts useful.  AED One-Stop Shop has gaining popularity because we aim to deliver world-class customer service.  We help our clients who are considering investing in these life-saving devices, but they many times don’t know how to go about choosing the AED type and how to accomplish employee training.  Contact AED One-Stop Shop to discuss your needs or go to purchaseAEDs.com if you prefer to shop online and buy AED defibrillators and or accessories that way.

Are you equipped with AED Defibrillators?

2015 is upon us and it is our hope that it’s a wonderfully productive and rewarding year for your organization, and a safe one too!  January is a perfect month to look at your safety protocols and procedures to ensure complete readiness. Are you aware of AEDs? Have you considered AED defbrillators as part of your plans?

Are you AED-equipped?  If your organization has not yet invested in Automated External Defibrillators, then it’s certainly time to bring a proposal to your very next safety or staff meeting.  These easy-to-use life-saving devices are more affordable than ever, Good Samaritan Laws and manufacturer indemnification policies provide liability protection, and it is simply the right thing to do to protect your staff, customers, visitors, students and others.

Is your AED coverage sufficient?  For those that have AEDs already it is wise to look at facilities to determine if your placement of devices is enough to minimize respond times.  The American Heart Association guideline encourages AED placement that yields “drop to shock” response times of 3 minutes or less.  Also do your AED locations appear on evacuation maps and other such facility maps?

Are your AEDs ready to save a life?  Can you confidently say that every AED has a functional battery, non-expired pads, and that each device passed its most recent self-test?  Those with a Program Management solution in place like PlusTrac, StatPads, Readiness Systems or Annuvia in place can likely answer that question quickly and affirmatively.  Tracking software is a wonderful idea whether you manage few or many AEDs since it creates a reliable system for ensuring that every device is in a readiness state when you need it most.

Are your people prepared?  Do you have a response team in place to respond to an emergency?  What percentage of your employees are CPR/AED certified?  As your organization experiences employee attrition and new employee hiring it is wise to check on your CPR rosters.  Both AHA and American Red Cross curriculum have a 2-year certification and then it’s time to renew.  It may also be a good idea to try a new instructor once in a while as this can help keep the class content fresh and the attention of your staff for the 3 hour class.

AED One-Stop Shop is proud to offer multiple leading brands of AEDs and also Program Management and CPR training solutions.  If you’d like more recommendations or would like to share the results of your January 2015 audit, we’d be happy to talk workplace safety with you.  Call us at 855-OSS-AEDS / 855-677-2337. Buy AEDs online at www.purchaseAEDs.com. Or email us at Saban@AEDOneStopShop.com.

The Public Access Defibrillator or AED

There are numerous foundations, advocacy groups and champions who work effortlessly to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest death and the need for Automated External Defibrillators in every workplace and every place that people gather.  Their aim is to make people safe from cardiac arrest which averages a thousand lives lost each day, not to mention those family members, friends or colleagues impacted by the loss.  In order to meet this objective we must raise awareness about these startling statistics and overcome myths and misperceptions about defibrillators.  Common misunderstandings or objections about these life-saving devices include:

“We don’t have medical personnel to operate a defibrillator”

“We have a young staff and are not at risk”

“We can’t afford AEDs”

“We don’t want the risk of a law suit”

“We would end up causing harm and shock someone who doesn’t need it”

With a little reading on the subject an individual with such misperceptions would likely soon reverse their stance.  They’d become confident that they actually should invest in protecting lives and creating a “heart safe” environment at their office, school, church or even their home.  One would quickly learn that the AED is designed and manufactured with not just the professional rescuer in mind but actually the everyday, ordinary individual.  With visual and voice prompts the devices instruct the rescuer as to the specific steps of saving a life including delivering good CPR.  An AED once connected to the victim’s chest through small pads called electrodes analyzes their heart rhythm only delivering a shock if one is absolutely necessary.  Each brand and model on the market has been approved by the FDA and is considered most safe.  State Good Samaritan Laws and indemnification policies provided by the makers of the life-protecting defibrillators protect those who buy and use them.  And once people learn that with advancements in technology Automated External Defibrillators can be purchased for sometimes not much more than $1200 they are suddenly inspired to make the investment in the safety of their people.

AED One-Stop Shop strives to help overcome some of the customer concerns that are common.  We utilize a very consultative approach to show customers how AEDs work and how they differ.  If you shared some of these objections to getting AEDs or even training your employees in CPR then perhaps it’s time to investigate further.  Check out his short video AED One-Stop Shop and then contact us over the phone or via email here Contact a Consultant.  These actions could lead to lives being saved and just perhaps your own.  Once your armed with the knowledge consider protecting lives at work, schools, community, kids sporting teams and clubs, RVs, homes and cabins.

Safety of Public Defibrillators or AEDs

Some of the biggest misperceptions about AEDs (defibrillators) are concerning their safety.  Some are under the incorrect assumption that an AED can do harm or that if utilized on someone who is not in need of defibrillation they can accidently be shocked.  In fact, all AEDs have very advanced technology which ensures this simply can’t happen.

These intelligent devices actually utilize an advanced algorithm which is a sophisticated mathematical process of analyzing information.  In the case of an AED’s algorithm, it is interpreting the electrical signals from the patient’s heart via the electrode pads when they are placed on the patient’s chest.  Once it interprets the heart rhythm it determines whether it’s a life-threatening arrhythmia or not. If indeed the AED detects a lethal arrhythmia such as ventricular fibrillation (VF) or ventricular tachycardia (VT) then defibrillation therapy is absolutely essential.   If the AED determines that it’s not a shockable rhythm an AED cannot deliver a shock even if the rescuer were to press the shock button. In short a rescuer simply can’t make such a mistake.

Without these trusted safety features AEDs could not be utilized for public use and instead they’d be limited to first responders or healthcare providers.  Look around and it’s clear that is certainly not the case.  Because of the reliability of the technology AEDs have been placed in a vast number public places, communities, airports, gyms, workplaces, schools, universities, government settings, supermarkets, restaurants and more.

This prompts the important question as to whether you should invest in AEDs for your small business or growing company.  The key is to be proactive rather than hope that one of the Nation’s one thousand daily sudden cardiac arrest deaths doesn’t occur at your place of business or to one of your customers or employees.  As you weigh the decision do keep in mind that average price of defibrillators is now more affordable than ever at about $1500 each.  And CPR/AED training & certification can be purchased for just about $75 per attendee.

AED One-Stop Shop is the perfect consultant for companies deliberating important decisions such as these.  We utilize a consultative approach and we are an authority on the topic.  We can share more on the safety of AEDs as well as liability, product differences, training and much more to help you create a “heart safe” environment.  Contact us now:  AED One-Stop Shop and become well informed about this topic of life-protecting AEDs.