Concurrent Session Legal/HR/Risk Management
The Evolving Legal Landscape of Medical Treatment in the Backcountry: Anaphylaxis & Epinephrine and AED’s – Leah Corrigan & Nadia Kimmel
Growing numbers of state legislatures are attempting to address the increase in fatalities from allergic reactions that could have been prevented by the administration of epinephrine. These states have passed laws designed to limit liability for administering epinephrine to an individual reasonably believed to be suffering from anaphylaxis, and make it legal for organizations to maintain a supply of epinephrine for use on a third party. The presentation will include a discussion of the recent significant changes to treatment protocols for anaphylaxis, and the general elements of the epinephrine legislation. In addition, the presenters will discuss the practical implications for owners and managers who may wish to implement a company epinephrine protocol. The presenters will also discuss the differing approaches to AED use, the logistics, liabilities, and standards of care with respect to AED’s in the backcountry.