How SCA Public Policy Can Be THE Most Powerful Force In The Battle To Save Lives 

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Richard A. Lazar

Hosted by:  Robbie MacCue

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Richard A. Lazar appears at the 4th Annual EMS Leadership Summit.

For over 25 years, Richard has been designing and writing policies for AED programs, providing informed AED program compliance advice to clients and partners nationwide, inventing AED inspection technologies, authoring the industry’s most authoritative AED program compliance resources, and advocating for public policies that have the power to save lives. More information can be found at www.readisys.com

In this session Richard discusses the importance and benefits of mandated public access to AEDs. It outlines the current state of imposed burdens and requirements for AED use, and highlights the positive impact that model AED legislation can have on increasing sudden cardiac arrest survival rates. He also encourages the use of advocacy for legislation at the state level and providing sufficient resources and guidance when setting up AED programs. Ultimately, this will reduce the amount of preventable deaths from SCA.

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This session discusses the importance of making AEDs available in public settings in order to help provide better survival rates for those suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. Highlighting a model AED law which provides adequate legal protection in case of non-negligent mistakes while using the AED.

With over 5-6 million public access AEDs in the US, it is not enough to ensure that they are close by when needed. Only 8 states have strong Good Samaritan legal protections, and only 2 have wide AED mandates. Richard proposes the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Heroes Act in order to standardize AED placement and accessibility. 

  • Over 350,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest occur in the US each year, but only 3% receive AED use.
  • In order for an AED program to be successful, the AEDs should be close in proximity and everyone should prepared to appropriately use them.
  • 16 states require physicians to provide medical direction for AED programs and 26 states require notification of local agencies.
  1. Leveraging Public Policy to Improve Bystander CPR and AED Accessibility (00:00 - 07:24)
  2. How AED Laws Weaken the Chain of Survival in the United States (07:24 - 13:41)
  3. Using Public Policy to Increase AED Deployment in the United States: The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Heroes Act. (13:42 - 19:17)
  4. Good Samaritan Laws and Negligence Liability: What You Should Know (19:18 - 25:37)
  5. Advice from an EMS Professional on Negligence, Economics, and the Model AED Law Advocacy (25:37 - 31:17)
  6. Navigating the Public Policy World: A Conversation with Richard about the Model AED Law (31:18 - 33:44)

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Robbie MacCue

Robbie is the cofounder of the EMS Leadership Academy, host of the EMS Leadership Summit, and paramedic captain in Albany, NY where he serves in the Special Operations Division for ground rescue, flight, & tactical medicine. He performs international medical flights with North America's largest fixed wing Air Ambulance service. For more than 14 years, Robbie served as President of a non-profit EMS organization advocating for increased funding and raising the bar of excellence. In addition, Robbie is an American Heart Association advocate who is passionate about empowering others to save more lives. He has taught physicians, nurses, and other medical providers Advanced Cardiac Life Support at medical schools and hospitals throughout Manhattan. Robbie has undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University and provides business consulting that combines his love of technology with healthcare.

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