"Hotels worry that if they have the (Automatic External Defibrillator) devices, which cost about $1,200 to $2,000 each, they could be sued for failing to have enough units, failing to put them in the right places, or failing to replace batteries or maintain them properly.Batteries? Make sure your guests in medical distress are treated by trained personnel? Really? Are you serious? How about "we want to make sure guests in medical distress get treated as soon as possible to improve their chance of survival." Wouldn't that sound better in a national PR release?
Another concern: hotel worker training. "Our goal is to make sure guests in medical distress are treated by trained personnel, such as EMTs or paramedics," says a spokesman for Marriott.
But alas, legal liability issues have raised their ugly head once more. The recent the ruling in California that parsed the Good Samaritan law based on a definition of what it means to "rescue" a fellow human being has sent negative reverberations across our country. Certainly, there are plenty of barriers to entry with AEDs, but this is one doctor who remains convinced that these devices are more than worth the risks, hassles and expense.