The Florida AED Law has been enacted to protect individuals and organizations that own AEDs from liability when the rules in the law have been followed. The State of Florida AED Law states the following:
"(2) An automatic or semiautomatic defibrillator may be used by any individual who meets the requirements of this section who has successfully completed an appropriate training course as approved by the local emergency medical services medical director. This requirement consists of completion of a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or successful completion of a basif first aid course that includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, and demonstrated proficiency in the use of an automatic or semiautomatic defibrillator, and to include instruction in:
(a) The proper use, maintenance, and periodic inspection of the automatic or semiautomatic defibrillator.
(b) Defibrillator safety precautions to enable the user to administer a shock without jeopardizing the safety of the patient, the user, or other persons.
(c) Assessment of an unconscious person to determine if cardiac arrest has occurred and the appropriateness of applying an automatic or semiautomatic defibrillator.
(d) Recognizing that an electrical shock has been delivered to the patient and that the defibrillator is no longer charged.
(e) Rapid, accurate assessment of the patient's postshock status to determine if further activation of the automatic or semiautomatic defibrillator is necessary.
(f) The operations of the local emergency medical services system, including methods of access to the emergency response system, the need to activate the EMS system as soon as possible upon use of the automatic or semiautomatic defibrillator, and interaction with emergency medical services personnel.
(g) The role of the user and coordination with other emergency medical service providers in the provision of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, defibrillation, basic life support, and advanced life support.
(h) The responsibility of the user to continue care until the arrival of medically qualified personnel."
Florida requires the AED to be properly maintained according to the manufacture's guidelines. Maintaining the AED involves replacing the pads and batteries according to the manufacture's guidelines. Also to provide training to staff members that would be most likely expect to use the AED is required by the law.
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