Monday, July 28, 2008

You - Get the AED! You - Call 911!

Last week, when our Library was closed for tiling, Cindy smartly thought to use one day to get our CPR training updated. A few years ago the Mayor decided he wanted all City employees CPR trained and equipped with an AED (automated external defibrillator, the machine that shocks the heart back to a normal rhythm in an emergency). After the training, some of the staff started talking about who they would, or wouldn't, perform CPR on. Everyone could think of several patrons that they'd rather not go mouth-to-mouth with. Fortunately, our Library has a mask with a filter and one-way valve that goes over the victim's face that the rescuer blows into, keeping the two separated. Others wondered about what responsibility a staffer is undertaking by performing CPR on a patron. I looked up "Good Samaritan Law Illinois" on Google and found the following in Illinois Annotated Statutes. Looks like we are pretty safe.

(745 ILCS 49/10)
Sec. 10. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation; exemption from civil liability for emergency care. Any person currently certified in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation who complies with generally recognized standards, and who in good faith, not for compensation, provides emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation to a person who is an apparent victim of acute cardiopulmonary insufficiency shall not, as the result of his or her acts or omissions in providing resuscitation, be liable for civil damages, unless the acts or omissions constitute willful and wanton misconduct.
(Source: P.A. 89-607, eff. 1-1-97; 90-742, eff. 8-13-98.)

(745 ILCS 49/12)
Sec. 12. Use of an automated external defibrillator; exemption from civil liability for emergency care. As provided in Section 30 of the Automated External Defibrillator Act, any automated external defibrillator user who in good faith and without fee or compensation renders emergency medical care involving the use of an automated external defibrillator in accordance with his or her training is not liable for any civil damages as a result of any act or omission, except for willful and wanton misconduct, by that person in rendering that care.
(Source: P.A. 95-447, eff. 8-27-07.)

Stephen Bertrand
Assistant Director


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