Good Samaritan laws offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are, or who they believe to be, injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated.
The protection is intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death.
Recent changes to the Good Samaritan law in New Mexico now allow for the placement of an
AED in any place of business, private or public
, as long as there is adequate CPR and AED training
. The law clearly states that any person “who renders emergency care or treatment by the use of an automated external defibrillator… shall not be subject to civil liability.”
Before the changes to the Good Samaritan law in New Mexico
took effect in 2015 the placement of an AED could be done only by the permission and oversight of a physician (Physician Medical Director). Advancements in both knowledge and technology have led to better understanding of the role bystanders play in the potential survivability of cardiac arrest and also a better,safer AED.The changes to the Good Samaritan law in New Mexico were introduced and enacted with this in mind thus removing the costly and often prohibitive requirement of a Physician Medical Director.