Myth: Shouldn't an AED be used only by trained first responders rather than school personnel with access to an AED?
FACT: AEDs were developed for use by the public, or any untrained bystander with access to an AED, when time is of the essence. Machine technology will “talk” a user through every action needed, even in the hands of a first-time user. These machines use automated sensors to evaluate the victim and will talk a responder through the process of either administering a shock or performing CPR. According to the American Red Cross, for each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced approximately 10%. Using an AED may help save a life.
Myth: I am worried that an AED could shock someone accidentally
FACT: An AED will only deliver a shock upon detection of certain abnormal heart rhythms; under certain circumstances, the AED will direct responders to administer CPR only. Unlike some television and film depictions, a victim's arms and legs do not flail and the back does not arch during an AED shock. An AED is not a safety threat; it can't be used to deliberately shock another person if used other than as intended.
Myth: If someone uses an AED, they can be personally held liable in a law suit
FACT: As a result of SB 658, California laws have recently been updated to protect any person who, in good faith and not for compensation, renders emergency care or treatment by the use of an AED, so the person won't be liable for any civil damages as a result. Furthermore, this revised section of law does not prohibit a school employee or other person from rendering aid with an AED.