AEDs, or automated external defibrillators, are small machines that could potentially save a life. These portable machines are simple to operate and could double the chances of a patient surviving after their heart stops. Each year in the UK around 60,000 cardiac arrests take place outside of hospital. For every minute that passes without an AED being used, the patient’s survival rate chances drop by 10%. With ambulances taking an average of six minutes to arrive, using an automated external defibrillator could be the difference between life and death.
AEDs give audible instructions and they are reliable – you can’t cause any harm to someone else as they will only provide a shock if the patient’s heart has stopped. Whilst it is recommended that workplace first-aiders and others who may need to use an AED have training, to reduce stress in the event of an emergency, you don’t need to be trained in order to use one. If somebody’s heart has stopped, for example after an accident or due to an electric shock, using an AED could save their life.
Claiming for negligence
You can’t injure another person by using an automated external defibrillator as it reads the body’s electrical system and will only provide a shock if the casualty’s heart has stopped. However, if an AED is to hand and you fail to use it, this could be classed as negligent behaviour, depending on the circumstances. AEDs are simple to use and provide audible instructions, so no training is needed in their operation. If you have been injured or someone you love has suffered as a result of someone else failing to use an AEDautomated external defibrillators, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. The results of failing to operate an AED could be fatal.
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Date Published: September 24, 2014
Author: David Brown