Florida Senate - 2013 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 360 Barcode 607500 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 04/02/2013 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Health Policy (Garcia) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Subsection (11) is added to section 395.0191, 6 Florida Statutes, to read: 7 395.0191 Staff membership and clinical privileges.— 8 (11) SURGICAL ASSISTANTS AND SURGICAL TECHNOLOGISTS.— 9 (a) Definitions.—As used in this subsection, the term: 10 1. “Certified surgical assistant” means a surgical 11 assistant who maintains valid and active one of the following 12 certifications: 13 a. Certified Surgical First Assistant from the National 14 Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. 15 b. Certified Surgical Assistant from the National Surgical 16 Assistant Association. 17 c. Surgical Assistant-Certified from the American Board of 18 Surgical Assistants. 19 2. “Certified surgical technologist” means a surgical 20 technologist who maintains valid and active certification as a 21 Certified Surgical Technologist from the National Board of 22 Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. 23 3. “Surgeon” means any health care practitioner as defined 24 in chapter 456 whose scope of practice includes performing 25 surgery and who is listed as the primary surgeon in the 26 operative record. 27 4. “Surgical assistant” means a person who provides aid 28 under the supervision of a surgeon in exposure, hemostasis, 29 closures, and other intraoperative technical functions and 30 assists the surgeon in performing a safe operation with optimal 31 results for the patient. 32 5. “Surgical technologist” means a person who assists and 33 practices under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the 34 operating room environment is safe, that proper equipment is 35 available, and that the operative procedure is conducted 36 efficiently. Surgical technologist duties include, but are not 37 limited to, maintaining sterility during a surgical procedure, 38 handling and ensuring the availability of necessary equipment 39 and supplies, and maintaining visibility of the operative site. 40 (b) Employment limitations.— 41 1. A facility may not employ or contract with any person to 42 perform the duties of a surgical assistant unless the person is 43 a certified surgical assistant. 44 2. A facility may not employ or contract with any person to 45 perform the duties of a surgical technologist unless the person 46 is a certified surgical technologist. 47 3. Subparagraphs 1. and 2. do not apply to: 48 a. A person who was employed or contracted to perform the 49 duties of a surgical technologist or a surgical assistant at any 50 time between January 1, 2013, and July 1, 2013. 51 b. A health care practitioner as defined in chapter 456 or 52 a student if the duties he or she performs fall within the scope 53 of the practitioner’s or the student’s training and practice. 54 c. A person enrolled in a surgical technology or surgical 55 assisting training program accredited by the Commission on 56 Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the 57 Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, or another 58 accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of 59 Education on July 1, 2013. A person may practice as a surgical 60 technologist or a surgical assistant for 1 year after completion 61 of such a training program before he or she is required to meet 62 the criteria in subparagraphs 1. or 2. 63 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013. 64 65 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 66 And the title is amended as follows: 67 Delete everything before the enacting clause 68 and insert: 69 A bill to be entitled 70 An act relating to surgical assistants and surgical 71 technologists; amending s. 395.0191, F.S.; providing 72 definitions; providing requirements for health care 73 facilities that employ or contract with surgical 74 assistants and surgical technologists; providing 75 exceptions to these requirements; providing an 76 effective date.