Effective: August 1, 2007
Contact: Environmental Health & Safety
Liability and Good Samaritan Laws
- AED Owner
- Environmental Health and Safety
- Purchasing Department
- AED Policy Committee
- Required Site Records
- Incident Notification and Documentation
- Medical Response Documentation
- Office of Risk Management
The goal of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program is to increase the rate of survival of people who have sudden cardiac arrests. AED programs are designed to provide equipment and training as an important means for providing enhanced life safety response measures. AEDs make it possible for lay responders to administer defibrillation prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Iowa State University is committed to the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. This policy establishes an AED program for the ISU campus that will:
University departments and other units that choose to acquire an AED must comply with this policy and are hereafter referred to as an AED owner.
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This policy and related procedures set forth the standards and responsibilities for the installation, modification, replacement, repair, inspection, maintenance, and non-medical response of AEDs on the ISU campus. This policy does not pertain to the procedures required during a medical response to a sudden cardiac arrest.
Iowa law allows for the use of an AED during an emergency for the purpose of attempting to save the life of another person who is, or who appears to be, in cardiac arrest. Accordingly, Iowa law also expressly provides immunity from civil liability for those who obtain and maintain AEDs, and those who use such devices to attempt to save a life. Iowa Code 613.17, the Iowa Good Samaritan Act, provides that a person who in good faith renders emergency care and assistance, without compensation, shall not be responsible for civil damages for any acts of omissions during the provision of emergency care. The statute specifically indicates that "for purposes of this section, a person rendering emergency care or assistance includes a person involved in a workplace rescue arising out of an emergency or accident." This Good Samaritan Act provides protection to a rescuer, even an untrained rescuer, who uses an AED on a cardiac arrest victim.
Iowa State University employees who have within the scope of their employment the responsibility to respond to emergencies are provided protection from personal liability under the Iowa Tort Claims Act, Iowa Code Chapter 669. If the employee does not have the responsibility to respond to emergencies in their job description and they do respond, they are protected from liability by the Iowa Good Samaritan Law, Iowa Code Section 613.17 referenced above. This law specifically states that a person rendering emergency aid in the workplace is covered.
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Departments and other administrative units that acquire an AED are responsible for operating and maintaining the device to meet regulatory compliance, the standards of the manufacturer, programmatic standards of the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross, and the ISU policy. AED owners must:
A representative from the Environmental Health and Safety will serve as the ISU AED program coordinator. Environmental Health and Safety will assist AED owners with program management. Environmental Health and Safety will:
The director of the ISU Occupational Medicine program will serve as the medical director for the AED program and will:
Prior to the purchase of any AED equipment, the ISU Purchasing Department must receive notification from Environmental Health and Safety that a department or unit has an approved AED program. The university has designated specific defibrillator equipment that can be installed on campus. As a result, acquisition of all AED equipment must be made through Purchasing.
Anyone may, at their discretion, provide voluntary assistance to victims of medical emergencies to the extent appropriate to their training and experience.
The AED Policy Committee shall consist of the AED program coordinator, director of Occupational Medicine, and representatives from the Office of Risk Management, Public Safety, Purchasing and one AED owner. The AED program coordinator will serve as chair of the committee and determine frequency of meetings. The Committee is responsible for:
The following records must be maintained at the installed AED site:
It is the responsibility of AED owners to provide or arrange for training and refresher training in AED use for staff and maintain on-site training records, including a description of the training program. Iowa State University recommends that all staff identified for AED training successfully complete an American Heart Association CPR/AED course or a national acceptable equivalent.
Departments or units must notify the AED program coordinator within 24 hours of an incident. The AED program coordinator will conduct an incident debriefing and complete an AED Incident Report.
The AED program coordinator will provide the medical director with a copy of the AED Incident Report along with any other requested information or data.
The Office of Risk Management is responsible for administering all claims involving Iowa State University. Claims must be reported to the Office of Risk Management.
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