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       Florida Senate - 2010                             CS for SB 2556
       
       
       
       By the Committee on Health Regulation; and Senator Altman
       
       
       
       
       588-04761-10                                          20102556c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to automated external defibrillators;
    3         amending s. 401.2915, F.S.; requiring certain entities
    4         to notify local emergency services medical directors
    5         of the locations of automated external defibrillators;
    6         requiring local emergency medical services medical
    7         directors to maintain registries of certain automated
    8         external defibrillator locations; amending s.
    9         768.1326, F.S.; directing the State Surgeon General,
   10         with the assistance of the Department of Management
   11         Services, to adopt rules to establish guidelines for
   12         the appropriate placement and deployment of automated
   13         external defibrillators in places of public assembly;
   14         providing a definition; providing exceptions;
   15         providing for construction; providing an effective
   16         date.
   17  
   18  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   19  
   20         Section 1. Section 401.2915, Florida Statutes, is amended
   21  to read:
   22         401.2915 Automated external defibrillators.—It is the
   23  intent of the Legislature that an automated external
   24  defibrillator may be used by any person for the purpose of
   25  saving the life of another person in cardiac arrest. In order to
   26  achieve that goal, the Legislature intends to encourage training
   27  in lifesaving first aid and set standards for and encourage the
   28  use of automated external defibrillators.
   29         (1) As used in this section, the term:
   30         (a) “Automated external defibrillator” means a device as
   31  defined in s. 768.1325(2)(b).
   32         (b) “Defibrillation” means the administration of a
   33  controlled electrical charge to the heart to restore a viable
   34  cardiac rhythm.
   35         (2) In order to promote public health and safety:
   36         (a) All persons who use an automated external defibrillator
   37  are encouraged to obtain appropriate training, to include
   38  completion of a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or
   39  successful completion of a basic first aid course that includes
   40  cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, and demonstrated
   41  proficiency in the use of an automated external defibrillator.
   42         (b) Any person or entity in possession of an automated
   43  external defibrillator is encouraged to notify the local
   44  emergency medical services medical director of the location of
   45  the automated external defibrillator. The owner, operator, or
   46  administrator responsible for a place of public assembly, as
   47  defined in s. 768.1326, shall notify the local emergency medical
   48  services medical director of the location of the automated
   49  external defibrillator. The state agency responsible for a
   50  building or portion of a building owned or leased by the state
   51  shall notify the local emergency medical services medical
   52  director of the location of the automated external
   53  defibrillator. The local emergency medical services medical
   54  director shall maintain a registry of these automated external
   55  defibrillator locations.
   56         (c) Any person who uses an automated external defibrillator
   57  shall activate the emergency medical services system as soon as
   58  possible upon use of the automated external defibrillator.
   59         (3) Any person who intentionally or willfully:
   60         (a) Tampers with or otherwise renders an automated external
   61  defibrillator inoperative, except during such time as the
   62  automated external defibrillator is being serviced, tested,
   63  repaired, recharged, or inspected or except pursuant to court
   64  order; or
   65         (b) Obliterates the serial number on an automated external
   66  defibrillator for purposes of falsifying service records,
   67  
   68  commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as
   69  provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. Paragraph (a) does not
   70  apply to the owner of the automated external defibrillator or
   71  the owner’s authorized representative or agent.
   72         (4) Each local and state law enforcement vehicle may carry
   73  an automated external defibrillator.
   74         Section 2. Section 768.1326, Florida Statutes, is amended
   75  to read:
   76         768.1326 Placement of automated external defibrillators in
   77  state buildings and places of public assembly; rulemaking
   78  authority.—
   79         (1)No later than January 1, 2003, The State Surgeon
   80  General shall adopt rules to establish guidelines on the
   81  appropriate placement of automated external defibrillator
   82  devices in buildings or portions of buildings owned or leased by
   83  the state and in places of public assembly, and shall establish,
   84  by rule, recommendations on procedures for the deployment of
   85  automated external defibrillator devices in such buildings and
   86  places of public assembly in accordance with the guidelines. The
   87  Secretary of Management Services shall assist the State Surgeon
   88  General in the development of the guidelines. The guidelines for
   89  the placement of the automated external defibrillators shall
   90  take into account the typical number of employees and visitors
   91  in the building or place of public assembly buildings, the
   92  extent of the need for security measures regarding the building
   93  or place of public assembly buildings, special circumstances in
   94  the building or a portion of the building buildings or portions
   95  of buildings such as high electrical voltages or extreme heat or
   96  cold, and such other factors as the State Surgeon General and
   97  Secretary of Management Services determine to be appropriate.
   98  For purposes of this section, the term “place of public
   99  assembly” means a location with a seating capacity of at least
  100  1,000 people and includes, but is not limited to, any stadium,
  101  ballpark, gymnasium, field house, arena, civic center, or
  102  similar facility used for the conduct of sporting events and any
  103  concert hall, recital hall, theater, indoor or outdoor
  104  amphitheatre, or other auditorium used for the presentation of
  105  musical performances or concerts. The term does not include any
  106  church, synagogue, or other not-for-profit religious
  107  organization or any public association or public library. The
  108  State Surgeon General’s recommendations for deployment of
  109  automated external defibrillators in buildings or portions of
  110  buildings owned or leased by the state or in places of public
  111  assembly shall include:
  112         (a)(1) A reference list of appropriate training courses in
  113  the use of such devices, including the role of cardiopulmonary
  114  resuscitation;
  115         (b)(2) The extent to which such devices may be used by
  116  laypersons;
  117         (c)(3) Manufacturer recommended maintenance and testing of
  118  the devices; and
  119         (d)(4) Coordination with local emergency medical services
  120  systems regarding registration of automated external
  121  defibrillators and documentation of the incidents of use of the
  122  devices.
  123  
  124  In formulating these guidelines and recommendations, the State
  125  Surgeon General may consult with all appropriate public and
  126  private entities, including national and local public health
  127  organizations that seek to improve the survival rates of
  128  individuals who experience cardiac arrest.
  129         (2) This section may not be construed to:
  130         (a) Prohibit a county or municipal government from
  131  enacting, implementing, and enforcing any local ordinance that
  132  expands the requirements of this section for the placement of
  133  automated external defibrillators in a place of pubic assembly;
  134  or
  135         (b) Mandate the placement of any automated external
  136  defibrillator in any place of public assembly.
  137         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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