Senator Lisa Baker joined representatives of the American Heart Association to celebrate “Save a Heart Day” and announce legislation she has introduced to change Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan law.
Currently, bystanders who perform CPR on sudden cardiac arrest victims and businesses offering automatic external defibrillators are at risk of being sued when trying to act as Good Samaritans. Baker’s bill would remove this barrier.
“The fear of a lawsuit discourages people from intervening or businesses from having critical equipment readily available,” Baker said. “This bill will encourage businesses to have an AED on hand and encourage citizens to administer CPR when there are no medical professionals on the scene.”