Notice of Variances and Waivers

Division of Emergency Medical Operations
64J-1.003: Advanced Life Support Service License - Ground
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on December 22, 2008, the Florida Department of Health, Division of Emergency Medical Operations, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, received a petition for variance from Rule 64J-1.003, Florida Administrative Code, from DeSoto County Fire and Rescue.
Nature of Rule: subsection 64J-1.003(4), F.A.C., requires each ALS permitted vehicle when available for call, to be equipped and maintained as approved by the medical director of the service in the vehicle minimum equipment list. The vehicle minimum equipment list shall include, at a minimum, one each of the items listed in Tables I and II. Table II, Ground Vehicle, ALS Equipment and Medications, Equipment, paragraph (v) requires electronic waveform capnography capable of real-time monitoring and printing record of the intubated patient (effective 1/1/2009).
Petitioner has had a purchase order in to Physio Control to install the waveform capnography since October 12, 2007. Physio Control has been under an injunction by the FDA that has prevented them from installing the upgrade. Petitioner is awaiting the FDA clearance and is requesting temporary variance from this rule requirement until December 22, 2009.
All comments and requests for copies of the petitions must be received in writing by January 23, 2009.
A copy of the Petition for Variance or Waiver may be obtained by contacting: Alexander Macy, Administrative Assistant, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C18, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1738, Fax (850)488-9408, email