Florida State Laws


Summary:

State owned AEDs required to have a Medical Director to oversee the program and all AEDs to be registered with EMS and have routine maintainance and testing. CPR/AED training for expected users is encouraged. Schools, Parks, Assisted Living facilities and Dental offices should have AEDs. Good Samaritan protection for responders and owners of AEDs.


Requirements Required Reference Description
State specific Rx required* X
Good Samaritan protection for UNTRAINED users Check 768.1325(3) (3) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, and except as provided in subsection (4), any person who uses or attempts to use an automated external defibrillator device on a victim of a perceived medical emergency, without objection of the victim of the perceived medical emergency, is immune from civil liability for any harm resulting from the use or attempted use of such device. In addition, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, and except as provided in subsection (4), any person who acquired the device and makes it available for use, including, but not limited to, a community association organized under chapter 617, chapter 718, chapter 719, chapter 720, chapter 721, or chapter 723, is immune from such liability, if the harm was not due to the failure of such person to: (a) Properly maintain and test the device; or (b) Provide appropriate training in the use of the device to an employee or agent of the acquirer when the employee or agent was the person who used the device on the victim, except that such requirement of training does not apply if: 1. The device is equipped with audible, visual, or written instructions on its use, including any such visual or written instructions posted on or adjacent to the device; 2. The employee or agent was not an employee or agent who would have been reasonably expected to use the device; or 3. The period of time elapsing between the engagement of the person as an employee or agent and the occurrence of the harm, or between the acquisition of the device and the occurrence of the harm in any case in which the device was acquired after engagement of the employee or agent, was not a reasonably sufficient period in which to provide the training.
Good Samaritan protection for TRAINED users only X
Medical Direction requried Check 64J-1.023(a) State Owned or Leased Facilities - Physician oversight provided by either a facility's medical staff or contracted through a designated physician and be involved as a consultant in all aspects of the program.
State Specific Medical Direction required X
AED routinely maintained and/or tested X
Training required for expected users Check 401.2915(a), 1006.165(2), 64J-1.023(c) Pursuant to Section 401.2915(1), F.S., all persons who use an AED shall have the required training All persons who use an automated external defibrillator are encouraged to obtain appropriate training, to include completion of a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or successful completion of a basic first aid course that includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, and demonstrated proficiency in the use of an automated external defibrillator. Schools: Each school must ensure that all employees or volunteers who are reasonably expected to use the device obtain appropriate training, including completion of a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or a basic first aid course that includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, and demonstrated proficiency in the use of an automated external defibrillator. State parks that provide automated external defibrillators shall ensure that employees and volunteers are properly trained. State Owned or Leased Buildings - Pursuant to Section 401.2915(1), F.S., all persons who use an AED shall have the required training.
Response Plan or Protocols X
Notification to local 911/Dispatch agency X
Notification to local EMS agency Check 401.2915(b), 1006.165(3) Any person or entity in possession of an automated external defibrillator is encouraged to notify the local emergency medical services medical director or the local public safety answering point, as defined in s. 365.172(3), of the location of the automated external defibrillator. Schools: The location of each automated external defibrillator must be registered with a local emergency medical services medical director.
Registration or notification with State or other agency X
Provide Post Use data to EMS X
Facilities required to have AEDs Check State Parks 258.0165, Assisted Living Facilities 429.255(3)(a), Public Schools 1006.165, Dentists 64B5-17.015, State Buildings 768.1326, Abortion Clinics 59A-9.0225, MultiService Senior Center 430.902 Schools, Multi Service Seniors Centers, and State Parks and Rerserves - Register location with a local emergency medical services medical director. Abortion Clinics, assisted living facility, Dentist Offices
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