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2013 Florida Statutes

F.S. 381.88
381.88 Insect sting emergency treatment.
(1) This section may be cited as the “Insect Sting Emergency Treatment Act.”
(2) The purpose of this section is to provide for the certification of persons who administer lifesaving treatment to persons who have severe adverse reactions to insect stings when a physician is not immediately available.
(3) The Department of Health may:
(a) Adopt rules necessary to administer this section.
(b) Conduct educational training programs as described in subsection (4), and approve programs conducted by other persons or governmental agencies.
(c) Issue and renew certificates of training to persons who have complied with this section and the rules adopted by the department.
(d) Collect fees necessary to administer this section.
(4) Educational training programs required by this section must be conducted by a physician licensed to practice medicine in this state. The curriculum must include at a minimum:
(a) Recognition of the symptoms of systemic reactions to insect stings; and
(b) The proper administration of a subcutaneous injection of epinephrine.
(5) A certificate of training may be given to a person who:
(a) Is 18 years of age or older;
(b) Has, or reasonably expects to have, responsibility for at least one other person who has severe adverse reactions to insect stings as a result of his or her occupational or volunteer status, including a camp counselor, scout leader, school teacher, forest ranger, tour guide, or chaperone;
(c) Has successfully completed an educational training program as described in subsection (4).
(6) A person who successfully completes an educational training program may obtain a certificate upon payment of an application fee of $25.
(7) A certificate issued pursuant to this section authorizes the holder thereof to receive, upon presentment of the certificate, from any physician licensed in this state or from the department, a prescription for premeasured doses of epinephrine and the necessary paraphernalia for administration. The certificate also authorizes the holder thereof to possess and administer, in an emergency situation when a physician is not immediately available, the prescribed epinephrine to a person suffering a severe adverse reaction to an insect sting.
History.s. 1, ch. 91-297; s. 816, ch. 95-148; s. 52, ch. 97-237.
Note.Former s. 402.60.