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California Supreme Court Rules Target Not Required To Have AED On-Site

Posted by Thomas Oliver on 7/1/2014 to AED Laws + Codes

Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of Target after a family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the retail giant, alleging that their failure to have an AED on the premises was in violation of state law.

Mary Ann Verdugo, 49, was shopping at a Target store in Pico Rivera, CA when she suffered a sudden heart attack.  Though paramedics were called, they were unable to revive Verdugo upon their arrival.

Had an AED been available, there would still have been no guarantee that Verdugo would have survived.

But one thingís for sure.  She would have had a MUCH better chance than the one she actually had.

Look, hereís the bottom line: AEDís save lives. Itís that simple. Itís something weíve discussed at length on the AEDs Today blog, and something we will continue to discuss.

And letís be clear. Itís not like an AED is some super-expensive piece of equipment. In fact, as Verdugoís family pointed out during the course of the lawsuit, Target actually SELLS AEDS!

AEDs are something that needs to be a part of every modern day first aid kit, especially for a company as large as Target that caters to such a large volume of customers.

They require minimal training to use, are almost fully automated, and more often than not are the difference between life and death.

We understand that Target was and is not legally obligated to have an AED on their premises, and if theyíd rather not have one for whatever reason, thatís their business.

But we have to ask: Why would you want to deprive your company of the chance to save the life of one your customers when their life is in mortal danger?

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