An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a medical device that helps people in cardiac arrest by analyzing their heart rhythm, and if necessary, by delivering defibrillation (i.e., electric shock) to help the heart resume a normal rhythm. According to the American Red Cross, more than 350,000 people will suffer from cardiac arrest this year and response times by first responders is between 8-12 minutes. Every minute counts during a cardiac event where the odds of survival decrease by 10% for every minute defibrillation is delayed. Because of this, AEDs have become common in many workplaces.
Colorado requires all AED programs to have AED placement reporting and EMS activation, maintenance, training, medical direction, and program documentation. The Good Samaritan law applies to all AED program participants, but only for activities related to the use of an AED. Immunity is determined by the compliance of administrative and operation requirements. Colorado also requires AEDs to be placed in dentist offices. The state of Colorado has the following statute pertaining to AEDs:
(1) The general assembly hereby declares that it is the intent of the general assembly to encourage the use of automated external defibrillators for the purpose of saving the lives of people in cardiac arrest.
(3) (a) In order to ensure public health and safety, a person or entity who acquires an AED shall ensure that:
(3) (b) Any person or entity that acquires an AED shall notify an agent of the applicable emergency communications or vehicle dispatch center of the existence, location, and type of AED.
(4) (a) Any person or entity whose primary duties do not include the provision of health care and who, in good faith and without compensation, renders emergency care or treatment by the use of an AED shall not be liable for any civil damages for acts or omissions made in good faith as a result of such care or treatment or as a result of any act or failure to act in providing or arranging further medical treatment, unless the acts or omissions were grossly negligent or willful and wanton.
AEDs are designed to be user-friendly, even for individuals without medical training. Having an AED in county facilities means that it can be quickly accessed and used by trained personnel or bystanders in the critical moments following a sudden cardiac arrest.
Placing AEDs in county facilities demonstrates a commitment to community safety. It reassures residents, employees, and visitors that measures are in place to respond effectively to emergencies, fostering a sense of security in public spaces. However, counties must be sure that they follow Colorado statutes about AED maintenance, training, and usage. For more information on AEDs, contact CTSI at (303) 861-0507.
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