Minimizing the legal risk of an AED program
Are you taking the right steps to minimize your risk associated with maintaining an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on site? As outlined in the ACA Accreditation Process Guide - Health and Wellness (HW) Standards for Camp Accreditation, camps need to determine what type of healthcare provider and healthcare plan and program are in the best interest of their clientele. Options are assessed and decisions made based on location, access to a higher level of care, program offerings, and the types of campers served and expected.
There are a variety of reasons why a camp might maintain an AED; and If your camp chooses to maintain one, it is important to understand how to minimize the risk associated with such a program. The following insight regarding minimizing the legal risk of an AED program is provided by Paula Wickham, president of Think Safe, Inc.
You cannot eliminate the risk, but you can control it and therefore minimize the potential for a lawsuit. Attention to the following 6 essential elements is critical to maintaining your civil liability immunity protection and minimizing risk. Avoid cutting corners in any of these areas.
The liability associated with the implementation of an AED program is minimal. Legal fears should not deter you from considering the benefits of having an AED at your organization, as long as the 6 essentials for compliance are in place. In fact, companies that carefully adopt and implement a safety program that includes AEDs are at lowest risk for liability.
Think Safe, Inc. manufactures innovative products for injury management and develops resources to improve access to First Aid, CPR, and emergency medical training.
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.