iRescueRadio 028: Booster Seat Laws, Dangerous Vehicles and Car Accidents

This episode of iRescueRadio starts with a quick discussion of the strange sounds of digestion that happen from time to time… and sometimes at the most inopportune times.

This week’s hot topic is about laws that are up for vote regarding booster seats in Michigan.  The laws are with regard to age, and not height.  If you’re shorter than 4’8″ you’re in danger of injury in a car, regardless of age, but the laws refer only to age, being 8 years of age for the cut off.

The top medical news story is a discussion of vehicles that are fun but not necessarily safe.

For the puzzler this week, if you come across a victim that was thrown from a car in traffic… what do you do?

iRescueRadio Episode 28 [Download]

Sources:
Good Samaritan Law (Michigan)

LIABILITY OF CERTAIN PERSONS FOR EMERGENCY CARE (EXCERPT)
Act 17 of 1963

691.1504 Rendering of cardiopulmonary resuscitation; applicability of subsection (1) to civil actions; use of automated external defibrillator; applicability of subsections (3) and (4).

Sec. 4.

(1) Subject to subsection (2), an individual who having no duty to do so in good faith voluntarily renders cardiopulmonary resuscitation to another individual is not liable in a civil action for damages resulting from an act or omission in rendering the cardiopulmonary resuscitation, except an act or omission that constitutes gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct.

(2) Subsection (1) applies only to a civil action that is filed or pending on or after May 1, 1986.

(3) Subject to subsection (5), an individual who having no duty to do so in good faith voluntarily renders emergency services to another individual using an automated external defibrillator is not liable in a civil action for damages resulting from an act or omission in rendering the emergency services using the automated external defibrillator, except an act or omission that constitutes gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct.

(4) Subject to subsection (5), the following persons are not liable in a civil action for damages resulting from an act or omission of an individual rendering emergency services using an automated external defibrillator as described in subsection (3), except if the person’s actions constitute gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct:

(a) A physician who provides medical authorization for use of an automated external defibrillator.

(b) An individual who instructs others in the use of an automated external defibrillator.

(c) An individual or entity that owns, occupies, or manages the premises where an automated external defibrillator is located or used.

(5) Subsections (3) and (4) apply only to a civil action that is filed or pending on or after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this subsection.

History: Add. 1986, Act 21, Imd. Eff. Mar. 10, 1986 ;– Am. 1999, Act 173, Imd. Eff. Nov. 16, 1999

Roy Shaw

Roy is the lead trainer and co-founder of ProTrainings. He is also an EMT paramedic whose opinions about rescue come from many years of experience on the ambulance.

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