Florida AED Legislation Considered for Assisted Living Facilities

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March 26, 2010 - New pending Florida AED legislation is under consideration that would require some assisted living facilities to have an automated external defibrillator by July of this year. In addition, Senate bill S2008 would encourage the facility to register the location of the AED with a local emergency medical services (EMS) medical director. The new law would provide immunity from liability under the Good Samaritan Act and the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act

Florida joins other states in trying to implement AED legislation in assisted living facilities. Texas, which instituted a law in September, 2009, requires the placement of an automated external defibrillation (AED) in all nursing homes and related institutions.

On average among this population, the survival rate of cardiac arrest outside of a hospital without the use of an AED or CPR is about 6 percent.  

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