One of the most common questions we get asked when an organisation is considering purchasing a defibrillator is 'Can I get sued for using an AED?' AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators, tell you what to do when they are switched on. Once you attach the pads or electrodes to the patient, the AED will analyse the patients ECG to decide whether or not a shock is required. If a shockable rhythm is present, then and only then will it charge up and allow a shock to be given. For a rescuer to get sued, it would be necessary to prove the victim suffered in some way as a result of the actions taken by the rescuer. If a victim is in cardiac arrest, there is very little the well-intentioned rescuer can do to make things any worse for the victim. Aside from all of this, the Irish Government introduced the CIVIL LAW (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT 2011, Part of this act, also known as the Good Samaritan Act, protects 'Good Samaritans' from liability for negligence in the treatment of a person using an AED. Considering the fact that having a defibrillator on-site for use in cases of sudden cardiac arrest and training responders to react correctly will greatly increase a victim's chance of survival, a more pertinent question might be 'Can I be sued for not having a defibrillator available?' More info on the CIVIL LAW (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT 2011available here Irish Statute Book