CPR/AED Certifications and the Florida Good Samaritan Act

Fernandina Beach Fire-Rescue Department offers Heartsavers CPR/AED, First Aid and other courses.

CPR/AED Certifications and the Florida Good Samaritan ActContinuing our healthy lifestyle changes has found my husband, my daughter and myself teaching group fitness classes, and with that responsibility comes an American Health Association certification in CPR and AED.

We had all been certified before, and my daughter most recently with Red Cross certifications for babysitting, but wow… things have changed since my first class!

One of the biggest concerns for those considering taking a first aid class of any type, is the fear of being sued. Well, the state of Florida has two state statues regarding this issue.

State statute 768.13
768.13 Good Samaritan Act; immunity from civil liability. Known as the Good Samaritan Act 768.13 , this statute essentially says any person, who in good faith, renders emergency care or treatment in direct response to an emergency situation, outside of a medical facility and without objection of the injured person or victims, shall not be held liable for any civil damages.

Of course the law has more legal language, but if you are afraid to help someone in an emergency situation, you no longer need fear a civil lawsuit.

State statute 401.2915
401.2915 Addresses automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The new CPR focuses on hard and fast chest compressions until the heart can be shocked back into its proper rhythm with an AED, if someone is in cardiac arrest. These portable devices are found in several locations in and around Fernandina Beach and are simple to use, just follow the command prompts on the machines.CPR/AED Fernandina Beach

While you are encouraged to “obtain appropriate training” the intent of this statute is that “an automated external defibrillator may be used by any person for the purpose of saving the life of another person in cardiac arrest. In order to achieve that goal, the Legislature intends to encourage training in lifesaving first aid and set standards for and encourage the use of automated external defibrillators.”

The course we completed was offered by the Fernandina Beach Fire-Rescue Department. They offer Heartsavers CPR and First Aid, BLS renewal and initial, AHA B/B pathogen for the workplace. They also offer refresher training for the workplace in regards to CPR/AED deployment.

Don’t wait until it is too late to save the life of someone, call the Fernandina Beach Fire-Rescue Department to schedule a class or with any questions you may have at (904) 277-7331.

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  1. PosterBoi

    My boss said not to assist anyone because of liability to our company. I was told if I got my CPR/AED/First Aid certificates, not to disclose it. I did get the certificates so now I’m wondering if I do what the boss said and do nothing when I have been trained to do so, what liability would I (or the company) be liable for then? How can I stand by when I know how to help someone? How will it look for the company when the news picks up that a trained person in CPR was standing right there and did not assist? Then what am I going to do when I’m fired for violating a direct order from my boss if I do help someone?

  2. ameliaprivateeye

    You may want to discuss the issue with your company’s HR department… or legal department.

  3. publisher_sa

    Really….? This cannot be a serious question or consideration. There is a much higher morality then wondering whether a legal action can be mounted against you if you help someone in a life threatening situation. And if I were you I’d start looking for another job if your boss represents the company policy. Disgusting…

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