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Should Disney employees be restricted from performing CPR?

Asked by lfino (1484points) March 16th, 2010

If you are CPR/AED certified and work at Disney, you are required to let an EMT perform the resuscitation. Employees will be fired for starting CPR if the EMT has not arrived. How do you feel about this?

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silverfly's avatar

Ironic that it’s Disney… If you know what you’re doing, go for it. If you don’t know what you’re doing… wait for EMS. You can actually cause more damage in certain situations. Disney can afford to be sued a few times and still be okay.

starshine's avatar

how atrocious!
I, too, feel that it would be better to get fired than to watch someone die. I understand why they have the policy, but it is stupid to day that a person will get fired for trying to save someone. not to mention, the person being helped should be thankful that the person was willing to help them, and worry about suing Disney for all they’re worth.

mrentropy's avatar

I don’t agree with it, but in this litigation, sue-happy, country I totally understand it.

JLeslie's avatar

If she is trained in CPR I find that a little upsetting. Although, I am guessing that Disney has medical staff in each park, and they can make it onto a scene very quickly. CPR almost always results in broken ribs, some people try to sue, I guess they just want to not be accused of one of their employees harming someone. And, maybe they believe that the person is better helped by medical professionals?

ShiningToast's avatar

It sucks, but I can understand it. I’m trained in CPR and using an AED, and you can really hurt someone if you do it incorrectly.

Better to let the EMTs handle it, rather than risk a lawsuit in Disney’s eyes.

Personally, I would help anyways, becuase I know how to do it correctly :).

casheroo's avatar

When I was younger and worked in a movie theater, they told us the same thing. You aren’t allowed to touch the customers, even in distress like that. It’s a shame companies have to have such a rule to cover themselves from lawsuit.

Shae's avatar

Tell your daughter she is right. Frak Disney.

ucme's avatar

I wonder who came up with that masterplan.Grumpy perhaps or maybe Dopey.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

If I need medical assistance, don’t stand on circumstance if you’ve been trained to help me. I won’t sue.

lfino's avatar

@Shae, she knew she was right:)
@ShiningToast @starshine @silverfly, @ casheroo, I understand the reasoning for saying it, too, knowing how sue-happy people can be, but it just still feels so wrong.
@Captain_Fantasy, I agree. Better to let some ribs heal, that hope that your heart will heal.
@JLeslie, they do have medical staff close by, but I keep going back to the thought of how little time that it takes for someone to be brain dead.

ShiningToast's avatar

In addition, I think they say this because I doubt the Good Samaritan law covers the company, only the person who helped. Someone could still sue Disney, because it was one of their employees and in their park I suppose.

poisonedantidote's avatar

dont blaim them, blaim the last person who sued after people tried to help.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

“Potential heart attack” I can understand, since the symptoms vary all over the map, and giving someone CPR when that may not be warranted can be more damaging than leaving the person alone, when the likely “heart attack” has left the person not exactly responsive, but not turning blue, either.

With “choking” it is harder to justify Disney’s position, because if someone is choking, then you have a few minutes at most to take action, and most EMTs won’t arrive in time (unless Disney has some on call who can get to any part of their parks within, say, 3 minutes or less—I don’t know; do they?). And the Heimlich maneuver is pretty easy (and relatively safe) to administer to someone who obviously needs it.

But there’s another issue that is being overlooked here by the “first responders” (sorry, but I had to get that in): there’s a danger or potential danger to the Samaritan, too. That is, a Disney employee can hurt herself or pick up an infection from attempting to care for another, so Disney has to be concerned about not just one, but two potential lawsuits arising from a well-intentioned effort to aid an apparent victim.

Not knowing the status of Florida’s Samaritan laws, I can’t comment on the reasonableness of the policy, but as @mrentropy stated, it’s at least somewhat understandable. Many large companies have similar, if not identical, policies. (The City of Hartford, CT Police Dept., recently threatened a local retired man with criminal prosecution for his effective—as alleged by all witnesses who were interviewed—work in directing traffic at a local school drop-off point where there is no police presence and driving was pretty chaotic.)

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

They’re just covering their ass, legally. I disagree with them, however.

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