Are Florida Assisted Living Facilities required to have an AED (defibrillator)? Yes....In July of 2011 HB 945 2010 will requires all Florida assisted living facilities with 17 or more beds to possess a functioning AED - automated external defibrillator.
What is an AED and how does it work? An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is a portable, battery operated electronic device about the size of a laptop computer. The AED automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a victim and is able to treat the patient by an electrical shock which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm. AEDs are designed to be simple so that anyone can use one. With proper training, AEDs are highly effective at saving lives.
Should I wait until July 2011 to purchase the AED for my Assisted Living Facility? No. You should not wait. In addition to selecting the correct make and model AED you will also need to determine the proper placement of the AED as well as determine who will be responsible for AED maintenance. Additionally you will want to train as many staff members as possible how to use the AED. This takes time - so start planning now.
How much does an Automated External Defibrillator cost? AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators range in price from about $1250 up to about $1700. In addition to the AED you will also want a wall mounted alarmed cabinet that keeps the AED from growing legs and makes the AED easy to find in the event of an emergency. AED cabinets range from $175 to $400 depending on the quality of the cabinet. Call 877-6-AED-CPR (877-623-3277) for a special Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Package.
What do you mean by AED package? Keep in mind you are buying a life saving device so it is very important you have all of the facts and understand what you are purchasing. Our AED package will include the Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Medical Authorization (prescription), rescue ready kit with razor, trauma shears, mask and gloves, AED alarmed cabinet, sign for above the AED and CPR AED training for your staff.
Once I buy the AED package is their anything else I need to purchase? Assuming that one (1) AED is adequate for the size of your facility the above package should be everything you need. Depending on the size of your staff, additional training classes may be required.
How do I know if one (1) AED is enough for my long term care or assisted living facility? How long will it take you to walk from the farthest point in your facility to the AED and back again? The American Heart Association recommends that an AED deliver a shock to a victim within 3 minutes of collapse. Assuming an average walking speed of 4.75 feet per second see how far you can get in 90 seconds. If you can’t reach the farthest area of your facility, you may need additional AEDs.
Once we purchase the AED I am done right? No. AEDs should be inspected per the manufacturers guidelines, typically once per month and these inspections should be recorded. As part of our onsite CPR AED training class we will teach you how to properly test your AED, change the electrode pads and replace the battery.
Why not buy a cheap AED from some website or EBAY? Is it a new or used AED? Who is the company? Are they familiar with the Florida AED laws? Do they offer training? Medical authorization? Has the salesperson every used an AED? If you have a problem is there a local representative or will you be talking to a call center in India? Warranty? Once you give them your money, will the AED show up?
Money is tight, why not buy the cheapest Automated External Defibrillator (AED) available? When it comes to life saving devices never cut corners. Would you bargain shop for the cheapest heart surgeon? Would you buy the cheapest parachute if you were skydiving? The answer to both is no. Make certain you purchase a quality AED from a distributor and manufacturer that has been around a while and appears to be financially sound. Do not risk buying from a manufacturer that may go out of business like AccessCardio, which closed its doors several years ago leaving the AED owners with useless junk that can no longer be utilized.
How many companies make AEDs? There are six companies that are actively selling AEDs in the Florida market. These AED companies are Medtronic Physio Control, Cardiac Science, Defibtech, Heartsine, Philips and Zoll.
We have an AED that does not work. Can you repair it? Yes, many of our customers have AEDs that are no longer working properly. Often times we are able to upgrade the software, replace the old batteries and AED electrode pads and get them back into service. If the AED requires additional work, we will contact the manufacturer to see if the problem is covered under warranty. If you have an AED that is not working, call us. You have nothing to lose.
We have several older AEDs and want to trade them in. Do you accept trade ins? Yes, we will take your old AEDs on trade for new ones. Please call us to discuss.
What does OSHA indicate about AEDs? "Because the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can save the lives of workers who experience cardiac arrest while on the job, OSHA today encouraged employers to consider making this equipment available in their workplace." US Department of Labor, Office of Public Affairs, Dec. 17, 2001
What about Federal Laws regarding the use of AEDs? The Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (CASA) of 2000 is our nation's first legislation recognizing the lifesaving role played by automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The law highlights the need to make AEDs accessible to anyone who has had proper training, not just professional medical personnel. The law protects trained AED users from liability, and also protects any person who has maintained the device, provided training, tested the device or acquired it. The law also augments existing state "Good Samaritan" laws by ensuring federal liability protection for trained users and purchasers of AEDs.
Why do we need an AED? Can’t we just dial 911 and wait for emergency medical personnel? Under the new Florida law if your assisted living facility has more than 17 beds you do not have a choice. For those facilities with less than 17 beds it is still wise to purchase an AED for your ALF. According to the American Heart Association, more than 325,000 people die each year from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Without the AED the chances of surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) outside of a hospital setting are very small – less than 5%. However, if the AED is applied to the victim quickly their odds increase to about 70% - 90%. Besides from the obvious benefit of saving a life, you may also be able to avoid costly litigation. Numerous law firms are now going after business owners that do not have AEDs where an employee or resident died from sudden cardiac arrest.
Think of buying an AED as buying insurance. The AED should help save a life and it should keep the lawyers away. If an employee or resident dies from sudden cardiac arrest you will spend at least $30,000 defending against this action. If you save their life with an AED you can prevent a lawsuit. This makes the AED sound like a bargain doesn’t it?
What type of training is required to use an AED? AEDs are designed to be very simple to use. However, this is a race against time. For every minute we delay shocking our victim their chance of survival drops 10%. Training increases speed, confidence and efficiency. I suggest working with a full time professional trainer that has real life experience using CPR and AEDs on real people. An instructor that can work with your staff to answer any and all questions. Someone that can create realistic training scenarios to use during class and most importantly someone that can make your staff comfortable using their new skills. You don’t want an instructor that scares or confuses them. Look for a full time, insured professional that knows AEDs, CPR and First Aid.
What about online CPR AED training classes? Would you trust a heart surgeon that got his medical degree online? How about your dentist? The answer is obviously no. Like most medical classes, CPR AED is a hands on life saving skill and you need hands on training with real live interaction and exchange of information between a real instructor and real students.
Can anyone teach CPR AED and First Aid? This is a common mistake I often see. In an effort to reduce costs, managers either go with the low bid or attempt to do the training in house. You should never cut costs on life saving training or life saving equipment. Would you have your maintenance man install your fire suppression system? Would you have human resources test and inspect your fire extinguishers? The answer is no, you would not. Both fire suppression systems and fire extinguishers are designed to save property. CPR AED and first aid classes are designed to save lives. Given the choice between saving lives or saving property, which in your opinion is more important and which do you think could result in the greatest liability? Make certain your instructor is a full time instructor that has actually performed CPR and used AEDs in real life on real people. Having people teach CPR that have never done CPR on real people is like taking swimming lessons from a guy that has never really been in the pool before. Bottom line – always hire a full time professional.
It’s just a CPR class – what’s the big deal? - If I was never in the pool before, am I qualified to teach swimming? - If I only played video golf, should I be teaching real golf? - How about flying an airplane - would you get in a plane with a pilot that never flew a real airplane before? - Would you trust a surgeon that never actually operated on a real person?
CPR AED and First Aid should only be taught by people with real world, CPR AED and First Aid experience. Trainers that have no real world knowledge of a topic can't adequately describe what it feels like to press on the human body, can't adequately describe what's will happen during the process and will not be able to honestly answer questions or give advice on something they have never done.
If you are not an expert don't teach. If you do not have formal education and experience in the area you are teaching - don't teach. Teaching without the proper qualifications is a lawsuit waiting to happen. In today's business community lawyers are suing everyone, including the CPR trainer and the CPR school. If one of your "CPR AED First Aid" instructors teaches a class to a student and they provide medical assistance to a person that dies or is seriously injured I believe it would be a slam dunk for the plaintiff’s lawyer. In a deposition when the lawyer asks the instructor how many times have you performed CPR on a real person? To the employee - Who taught you? To the instructor.....the same question? How about their instructor? Same question? You see where this is going. You want only full time instructors that are experts teaching life saving techniques to your staff.
The next time you go to a nice hotel and valet park your car. Ask the valet who he works for. Most often the valets are not hotel employees. Why? Because the hotel does not want the liability associated with possible damage to someone’s car. Learn from this practice and do not bring large risks, such as safety training in house as it may cost you more in the end.
Which staff members should we train? I have seen assisted living facilities try to cut corners on training by limiting the number of staff that are trained. The expression penny wise and dollar foolish comes to mind. We typically charge less for a class of 15 students than a good lawyer charges for a single deposition. The smart assisted living facility or long term care manger realizes that a staff that is well trained to handle medical emergencies will keep them out of the headlines and out of the courtroom. Invest in safety, it always pays off.
What else does The CPRSchool do besides AED sales and training? We also conduct emergency drills that help gauge your staffs effectiveness. We run a drill simulating a medical emergency such as sudden cardiac arrest and see how well your staff responds. The entire event is timed and the results are used by our team to recommend improvements in response times and training if required.
Should we offer CPR and AED class for our residents? Yes, although not all of the residents will be physically able to perform CPR and use the AED it is wise to offer training to residents that have an interest. Often times residents are the first to witness a medical emergency. If we can train the residents what to do, dial 911, alert our staff, and let it be known there is a medical emergency happening the victims chances of getting prompt medical attention and surviving have greatly increased.
What if I already own an AED and need a new AED battery or electrode pads? We sell AED batteries and AED electrodes pads for your AED. Including the following makes and models Medtronic Physio Control CR Plus Charge-Pak 3201616-002 * Medronic Physi Control Battery Pak 3005380-026 * Cardiac Science Powerheart G3 Battery 9146-001 * Powerheart Adult Pads 9131-001 * Heartsine Samaritan Battery and Pad (PadPak) Pad-Pak-01 * Defibtech Lifeline AED Battery DCF-200 * Defibtech AED Adult Pads Electrodes DDP-100, * Philips OnSite Adult Smart Pads M5071A * OnSite Pediatric/Child Smart Pads M5072A * Philips OnSite frx Standard Battery M5070A * Philips FRX Smart Pads II 989803139261 * Philips FR2 Adult Defibrillator Pads 989803158211 * Zoll AED Plus CPR-D Padz 8900-0800-01 * Zoll AED Plus Pedi-Padz II 8900-0810-01 * Welch Allyn
What does the FloridaAED Assisted Living Facility Law state? Below is a copy of Florida HB 945 2010. An act relating to automated external defibrillators in assisted living facilities; amending s. 429.255, F.S.; requiring certain assisted living facilities to possess a functioning automated external defibrillator; encouraging an assisted living facility to register the location of the automated external defibrillator with a local emergency medical services medical director; providing immunity from liability under the Good Samaritan Act and the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act; authorizing the Department of Elderly Affairs to adopt rules relating to the use of automated external defibrillators; providing appropriations; providing effective dates.
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: Section 1. Effective July 1, 2011, present subsection (3) of section 429.255, Florida Statutes, is renumbered as subsection (4) and amended, and new subsections (3) and (5) are added to that section, to read:
429.255 Use of personnel; emergency care.—
(3)(a) An assisted living facility licensed under this part with 17 or more beds shall have on the premises at all times a functioning automated external defibrillator as defined in s. 768.1325(2)(b).
(b) The facility is encouraged to register the location of each automated external defibrillator with a local emergency medical services medical director.
(c) The provisions of ss. 768.13 and 768.1325 apply to automated external defibrillators within the facility.
(4)(3) Facility staff may withhold or withdraw cardiopulmonary resuscitation or the use of an automated external defibrillator if presented with an order not to resuscitate executed pursuant to s. 401.45. The department shall adopt rules providing for the implementation of such orders. Facility staff and facilities shall not be subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability, nor be considered to have engaged in negligent or unprofessional conduct, for withholding or withdrawing cardiopulmonary resuscitation or use of an automated external defibrillator pursuant to such an order and rules adopted by the department. The absence of an order to resuscitate executed pursuant to s. 401.45 does not preclude a physician from withholding or withdrawing cardiopulmonary resuscitation or use of an automated external defibrillator as otherwise permitted by law.
(5) The Department of Elderly Affairs may adopt rules to implement the provisions of this section relating to use of an automated external defibrillator.
Section 2. The sum of $22,447 in recurring funds and $11,200 in nonrecurring funds from the General Revenue Fund and two full-time equivalent positions with associated salary rate of 70,229 is appropriated to the Agency for Health Care Administration for the 2010-2011 fiscal year to implement the provisions of this act. An additional $113,030 in recurring funds from the General Revenue Fund is appropriated to the Agency for Health Care Administration for the 2011-2012 fiscal year for the same purpose.
Section 3. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2010.
OK, You sold me – I want The CPR School to help me with my AED program, how what? Call The CPR School at 877-6-AED-CPR or 877-623-3277 and tell us more about your long term care or assisted living facility. We will then make recommendations, send you a written proposal. Once we have your order we will schedule a date and time that is good for you and your staff to deliver the AED and teach the staff how to use it. We will also help you select the best location for mounting the AED. Don’t worry, we will be there with you ever step of the way.
Where areas do you cover? We work throughout the United States and Caribbean however most of our customers are in Florida. Below are a few of the locations we service. Miami-Dade County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes – Aventura, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Biscayne Park, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Doral, El Portal, Florida City, Golden Beach, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Homestead, Indian Creek, Islandia, Key Biscayne, Medley, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Miami Shores, Miami Springs, North Bay Village, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-locka, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, South Miami, Surfside, Sunny Isles Beach, Sweetwater, Virginia Gardens, West Miami Broward County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Parkland, Coconut Creek, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Margate, Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, Hillsboro Beach, Tamarac, North Lauderdale, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Sea Ranch Lakes, Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Lazy Lake, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Sunrise, Plantation, Weston, Davie, Dania Beach, Hollywood, Southwest Ranches, Cooper City, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, West Park, Pembroke Park, Hallandale Beach. Palm Beach County Florida CPR AED First Aid Safety- Belle Glade, Tequesta, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Jupiter, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, Lake Park, Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Shores, Mangonia Park, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Haverhill, Glen Ridge, Palm Springs, Lake Clarke Shores, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Greenacres, Atlantis, Lake Worth, South Palm Beach, Lantana, Manalapan, Hypoluxo, Boynton Beach, Ocean Ridge, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, Boca Raton, Loxahatchee Groves. Martin County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Jupiter Island, Ocean Breeze Park, Sewall's Point, Stuart, Hobe Sound, Hutchinson Island part, Indiantown, Jensen Beach, North River Shores, Palm City, Port Salerno, Rio, Port Mayaca. Okeechobee County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Cypress Quarters, Taylor Creek, Ancient Oaks, Catterson, Sunset Strip, Barber Quarters, Basinger, Basswood Estates, Dixie Ranch Acres, Fort Drum, Hilolo, Mildred, Sherman, Treasure Island, Upthegrove Beach. St. Lucie County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie, Hutchinson Island Indian River County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Fellsmere, Indian River Shores, Orchid, Sebastian, Vero Beach Brevard County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Grant-Valkaria, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village, Palm Bay, Palm Shores, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne Osceola County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes– Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Yeehaw Junction, Celebration Orange County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Apopka, Plymouth, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, Bay Lake (part of Walt Disney World), Lake Buena Vista. Seminiole County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Winter Springs Volusia County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, Edgewater, Holly Hill, Lake Helen, New Smyrna Beach, Oak Hill, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Pierson, Ponce Inlet, Port Orange, South Daytona. Flagler County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Bunnell, Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, Marineland, Beverly Beach St. Johns County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Hastings, Marineland, St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach Alachua County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Alachua, Archer, Gainesville, Hawthorne, High Springs, LaCrosse, Micanopy, Newberry, Waldo Marion County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Ocala Lake County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes– Astatula, Clermont, Eustis, Fruitland Park, Groveland, Howey-in-the-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Tavares, Umatilla Polk County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Auburndale, Bartow, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Highland Park, Hillcrest Heights, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lakeland, Lake Wales, Mulberry, Polk City, Winter Haven Lee County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Hendry County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Clewiston, Harlem, LaBelle, Port La Belle, Felda. Collier County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Everglades City, Marco Island, Naples Charlotte County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes– Boca Grande, Cape Haze, Charlotte Harbor, Charlotte Park, Cleveland, Deep Creek, Englewood, Grove City, Harbour Heights, Manasota Key, Murdock, Placida, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Rotonda, Solana Sarasota County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes– Sarasota, North Port, Venice, Longboat Key Manatee County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Palmetto Hillsborough County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Plant City, Tampa, Temple Terrace Pinellas County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City , Largo, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach , Oldsmar, Pinellas Park , Redington Beach , Redington Shores, Safety Harbor , Seminole, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach , St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, Treasure Island Pasco County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- City of Dade City, City of New Port Richey City of Port Richey, City of San Antonio, Town of St. Leo, City of Zephyrhills Monroe County Florida Assisted Living Facility AED Sales & CPR AED Training Classes- Key West, Marathon, Key Colony Beach, Layton, Islamorada, Stock Island, Big Coppitt Key, Cudjoe Key, Big Pine Key, Duck Key, Tavernier, Key Largo, North Key Largo, Flamingo, Bay Point, Sugarloaf Shores.