Below you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about emergency information and education, as well as Minutes Matter, an initiative UPMC launched to provide community members with access to basic emergency information and education about life-saving interventions.
Good Samaritan Laws have been around for decades and were established to protect people who assist those in need during an emergency. The laws were specifically designed to ease concerns about possible civil liability for making a mistake when trying to provide emergency assistance to an injured person. These laws eliminate what we might call a lay person’s “malpractice” liability, except in cases of intentionally causing harm or being grossly negligent. These laws can vary by state and Pennsylvania's Good Samaritan Law can be found here.
These traditional Good Samaritan Laws should not to be confused with a different type of Good Samaritan Law that shields people from criminal liability when reporting a drug overdose: here.
AED registries receive information from ordinary citizens, medical professionals, and government personnel. The locations are verified and given a tracking label. The tracking label allows 911 professionals and emergency responders to see where the nearest AED is located, boosting the chances of a cardiac arrest survival. Registering publicly accessible AEDs with the City of Pittsburgh Public AED Registry is not only required by law, but it also can help saves lives. If your facility or organization has publicly accessible AEDs in your location, please take the time to register them, as it may save someone’s life. To register an AED within the city of Pittsburgh, here.
PulsePoint® Respond is a smartphone app that alerts CPR-trained users of a nearby cardiac arrest or other emergency requiring CPR.
PulsePoint® AED app allows citizens to see on their smartphone where the nearest registered AED is located in the event of a cardiac arrest situation. The apps are available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store, Google Play, or by visiting: here.
If you have a story where you helped save someone’s life, or someone helped saved yours, you can submit your story by visiting: here.