Use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in managing risk and liability in health/fitness facilities
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Health/fitness facilities are considered higher risk sites for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), however, no legislation or industry standards in Australia mandate the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). In this light, the purpose of this study was three-pronged. The main purpose of the study was to outline the health/fitness industry standards in the USA in relation to the use of AEDs. The second purpose was to demonstrate the possible consequences of a failure to meet the industry standards requiring the use of AEDs. The third purpose was to show the possible impact of Good Samaritan type legislation in Australia as supporting the deployment of AEDs in the local industry without fear of legal liability. The conclusions of this paper suggest that standard setting organisations in the fitness industry and the local governments should work in collaboration to increase awareness about the life-saving benefits of AEDs and the immunity protection granted by Good Samaritan laws that can have a positive impact on the wide spread use of AEDs in health/fitness facilities.
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