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AED Program Specifications(TM) Published to Help Organizations Save Lives of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victims and Minimize Legal Risk Exposure.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- AED Risk Insights Releases Free Comprehensive Planning Guidelines to Help Organizations Properly Place, Retrieve and Use Automated External Defibrillators in Public Settings

AED Risk Insights, Inc. today announced the publication and release of "AED Program Specifications: Planning Guidelines for the Placement, Retrieval and Use of AEDs in Public Settings." This is the first comprehensive automated external defibrillator (AED) program design and operations planning guide created to help organizations address the challenge of establishing well-structured, legally defensible AED programs. These AED Program Specifications are being provided free of charge as a public service to help increase survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest victims and to help reduce the risk of negligence and legal liability.

"Organizations with AEDs are now becoming targets of negligence lawsuits raising questions about whether their AED programs meet community standards of reasonableness and the requirements of laws and regulations," said Richard A. Lazar, president and chief executive officer of AED Risk Insights. "It is difficult, however, for organizations to understand what constitutes a well-structured and defensible AED program, because courts and lawmakers have yet to provide much clarity on what precisely is required. Our goal in publishing these comprehensive planning guidelines is to help organizations know what they need to do to develop model AED programs that will help increase the survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest victims and reduce their own legal liability risk when undertaking this important activity."

"Businesses and organizations will clearly benefit from a set of national guidelines describing how to structure AED programs," said Roger D. White, M.D., Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. "Those programs that conform to these AED Program Specifications are almost certainly those that, in the long haul, will be successful."

"As a leader in public access defibrillation (PAD), we strive to move the community towards a common goal of increasing survival from unexpected cardiac emergencies in public locations," said Marcia McCoy, Director of Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute's Heart Safe Community Partnership in Kansas City, Missouri. "Our goal is to ensure that each PAD program is functioning under safe operational guidelines. Having access to these AED Program Specifications will serve as a much needed resource to our continued efforts, as well as a valuable planning tool for organizations that are just starting to develop AED programs."

About the AED Program Specifications

The AED Program Specifications(TM) describe minimum design, administrative and operational requirements needed to support effective and reasonable community-based defibrillation programs involving the use of automated external defibrillators. They provide those responsible for public and private emergency medical response programs with minimum criteria needed to assess current AED programs or to design, implement, and maintain new AED programs intended to prepare for and respond to sudden cardiac arrest prior to the arrival of traditional emergency medical services resources. These Specifications apply to public and private AED program entities such as businesses and public facilities. A free copy of the AED Program Specifications is available at www.AEDRiskInsights.com.

About AED Risk Insights, Inc.

AED Risk Insights was founded in 2003 to encourage and enable widespread automated external defibrillator (AED) deployment. AED Risk Insights helps organizations understand and manage risks arising from the placement and use of AEDs in public settings. The company's AED Law Center provides a unique "what it says" and "what it means" approach to current AED laws, legislation, court cases, government information and news. The company also provides a wide range of customized risk management services to organizations with AEDs and those considering the purchase of AEDs. The company's public policy advocacy service provides focused analysis and support to proactively reach and inform key policymakers. AED Risk Insights is privately held. Additional information is available at www.AEDRiskInsights.com.

AED Risk Insights, AED Law Center and AED Program Specifications are trademarks of AED Risk Insights, Inc. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
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