Florida Senate - 2015 SENATOR AMENDMENT Bill No. HB 441 Ì541622zÎ541622 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . Floor: 2/WD/2R . 04/23/2015 10:49 AM . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Senator Garcia moved the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Before line 11 4 insert: 5 Section 1. Present subsections (1) through (10) of section 6 395.0191, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (2) 7 through (11), respectively, and new subsections (1) and (12) are 8 added to that section, to read: 9 395.0191 Staff membership and clinical privileges.— 10 (1) As used in this section, the term: 11 (a) “Certified surgical assistant” means a surgical 12 assistant who maintains a valid and active certification under 13 one of the following designations: certified surgical first 14 assistant, from the National Board of Surgical Technology and 15 Surgical Assisting; certified surgical assistant, from the 16 National Surgical Assistant Association; surgical assistant 17 certified, from the American Board of Surgical Assistants. 18 (b) “Certified surgical technologist” means a surgical 19 technologist who maintains a valid and active certification as a 20 certified surgical technologist from the National Board of 21 Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. 22 (c) “Surgeon” means a health care practitioner as defined 23 in s. 456.001 whose scope of practice includes performing 24 surgery and who is listed as the primary surgeon in the 25 operative record. 26 (d) “Surgical assistant” means a person who provides aid in 27 exposure, hemostasis, closures, and other intraoperative 28 technical functions and who assists the surgeon in performing a 29 safe operation with optimal results for the patient. 30 (e) “Surgical technologist” means a person whose duties 31 include, but are not limited to, maintaining sterility during a 32 surgical procedure, handling and ensuring the availability of 33 necessary equipment and supplies, and maintaining visibility of 34 the operative site to ensure that the operating room environment 35 is safe, that proper equipment is available, and that the 36 operative procedure is conducted efficiently. 37 (12) At least 50 percent of the surgical assistants and 50 38 percent of the surgical technologists that a facility employs or 39 with whom it contracts must be certified surgical assistants and 40 certified surgical technologists, respectively. The requirements 41 of this subsection do not apply to the following: 42 (a) A person who has completed an appropriate training 43 program for surgical technology in any branch of the Armed 44 Forces or reserve component of the Armed Forces. 45 (b) A person who was employed or contracted to perform the 46 duties of a surgical technologist or surgical assistant at any 47 time before July 1, 2015. 48 (c) A health care practitioner as defined in s. 456.001 or 49 a student if the duties performed by the practitioner or the 50 student are within the scope of the practitioner’s or the 51 student’s training and practice. 52 (d) A person enrolled in a surgical technology or surgical 53 assisting training program accredited by the Commission on 54 Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the 55 Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, or another 56 accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of 57 Education on July 1, 2015. A person may practice as a surgical 58 technologist or a surgical assistant for 2 years after 59 completion of such a training program before he or she is 60 required to obtain a certification under this subsection. 61 62 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 63 And the title is amended as follows: 64 Delete line 2 65 and insert: 66 An act relating to the regulation of health care 67 facilities and services; amending s. 395.0191, F.S.; 68 defining terms; requiring a certain percent of 69 surgical assistants or surgical technologists employed 70 or contracting with a hospital to be certified; 71 providing exceptions to certification requirement; 72 amending s.