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First Responder Liability Protection

posted on Fri, Jun 1 2012 12:00 am by Northern and Western Regions

The Network recently received a request from a public health practitioner regarding liability issues for first responders during emergencies. The requestor specifically asked whether the “Good Samaritan” law in the state of Iowa protects licensed medical professionals who are acting as first responders. The Network’s Northern and Western Regions coordinated to research and respond to the request. The Network provided the practitioner with several relevant statutes, including specific section citations and dates of passage. These included a statute that provides broad protections to any person, acting reasonably and in good faith, who uses or retrieves an AED in response to a sudden perceived cardiac arrest emergency, as well as another statute that requires the person or entity responsible for the premises where the AED is kept to maintain it in a condition for immediate and effective use at all times in order to be protected from liability.

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