by Richard A. Lazar Occupational Health & SafetyAugust 1997 "Now, a new wave of small, portable defibrillators is being developed … Manufacturers even envision a day when the devices, technically known as automatic external defibrillators and costing $2,500 to $4,000 each, will be as common as fire extinguishers." -The Wall Street JournalAug. 5, 1996 An evolving legal trend may ultimately leadto higher risks for businesses that fail to purchase and use AEDs.  In 1990, the American Heart Association challenged the medical device industry to develop a state-of-the-art automated external defibrillator (AED) capable of being used by virtually anyone. As the Wall Street Journal noted, the industry responded in a manner leading to significant advances in AED technology. Smaller, lighter, cheaper,[…]