Can I be sued?
One of the questions people ask most frequently on courses is whether they can have a claim bought against them as a result of their treatment of a casualty.
There are many factors which need to be taken into account when considering this question, however, no legal precedent has been set in the UK where a casualty has sucessfully sued an individual who gave them treatment in an emergency resuscitation situation.
Good to know!!
In the UK the Resuscitation Council (UK) publishes or endorses guidelines to assit those attempting resuscitation. In 2000 they first published an excellent article entitled "The legal status of those who attempt resuscitation" which was revised in 2010. With the increased availability of Defibrillators this has now been replaced with a new document: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated defibrillators and the law.
It is well worth a read.
Download CPR, AEDs and the Law from our resources here.
All React First courses are taught in accordance to the Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines. This is a link to Adult Basic Life Support and automated external defibrillation on their website.