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To raise the funds needed to place Automated External Defibrillators in public places including Hotels, schools, supermarkets sports centres and the workplace . We want to just raise the awareness of why these are so important – and to provide communities with the means to save lives. AED’s means more lives saved. This is needed everyday in the United Kingdom.
There are no statutory legal provisions in the UK relating to the practice of resuscitation or defibrillation.
In their document The Legal Status of those who Attempt Resuscitation the Resuscitation Council (UK) states:
"Whether intervening under a positive duty of care or under an assumed duty of care, a person who attempts resuscitation will only be legally liable if the intervention leaves a casualty in a worse position than he would have been in had no action been taken at all. It is difficult in the circumstances under consideration to see how a rescuer's intervention could leave a casualty worse off since in the case of cardio-pulmonary arrest a victim would, without immediate resuscitation, certainly otherwise die. Furthermore, if an AED is being used, it will only permit the administration of a defibrillatory shock when its sophisticated electronic algorithms determine that ventricular fibrillation is present and, since patients in this state are actually clinically dead, it is unlikely that any intervention with this device could make any situation worse."
The AED is designed so that it cannot be accidentally or inappropriately used on another person, therefore vicarious liability is no higher than under current first aid practices.