Florida Senate - 2013 CS for SB 360 By the Committee on Health Policy; and Senator Garcia 588-03416-13 2013360c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to surgical assistants and surgical 3 technologists; amending s. 395.0191, F.S.; providing 4 definitions; providing requirements for health care 5 facilities that employ or contract with surgical 6 assistants and surgical technologists; providing 7 exceptions to these requirements; providing an 8 effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Subsection (11) is added to section 395.0191, 13 Florida Statutes, to read: 14 395.0191 Staff membership and clinical privileges.— 15 (11) SURGICAL ASSISTANTS AND SURGICAL TECHNOLOGISTS.— 16 (a) Definitions.—As used in this subsection, the term: 17 1. “Certified surgical assistant” means a surgical 18 assistant who maintains valid and active one of the following 19 certifications: 20 a. Certified Surgical First Assistant from the National 21 Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. 22 b. Certified Surgical Assistant from the National Surgical 23 Assistant Association. 24 c. Surgical Assistant-Certified from the American Board of 25 Surgical Assistants. 26 2. “Certified surgical technologist” means a surgical 27 technologist who maintains valid and active certification as a 28 Certified Surgical Technologist from the National Board of 29 Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. 30 3. “Surgeon” means any health care practitioner as defined 31 in chapter 456 whose scope of practice includes performing 32 surgery and who is listed as the primary surgeon in the 33 operative record. 34 4. “Surgical assistant” means a person who provides aid 35 under the supervision of a surgeon in exposure, hemostasis, 36 closures, and other intraoperative technical functions and 37 assists the surgeon in performing a safe operation with optimal 38 results for the patient. 39 5. “Surgical technologist” means a person who assists and 40 practices under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the 41 operating room environment is safe, that proper equipment is 42 available, and that the operative procedure is conducted 43 efficiently. Surgical technologist duties include, but are not 44 limited to, maintaining sterility during a surgical procedure, 45 handling and ensuring the availability of necessary equipment 46 and supplies, and maintaining visibility of the operative site. 47 (b) Employment limitations.— 48 1. A facility may not employ or contract with any person to 49 perform the duties of a surgical assistant unless the person is 50 a certified surgical assistant. 51 2. A facility may not employ or contract with any person to 52 perform the duties of a surgical technologist unless the person 53 is a certified surgical technologist. 54 3. Subparagraphs 1. and 2. do not apply to: 55 a. A person who was employed or contracted to perform the 56 duties of a surgical technologist or a surgical assistant at any 57 time between January 1, 2013, and July 1, 2013. 58 b. A health care practitioner as defined in chapter 456 or 59 a student if the duties he or she performs fall within the scope 60 of the practitioner’s or the student’s training and practice. 61 c. A person enrolled in a surgical technology or surgical 62 assisting training program accredited by the Commission on 63 Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the 64 Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, or another 65 accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of 66 Education on July 1, 2013. A person may practice as a surgical 67 technologist or a surgical assistant for 1 year after completion 68 of such a training program before he or she is required to meet 69 the criteria in subparagraphs 1. or 2. 70 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.