Florida Senate - 2015                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 768
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Floor: WD            .                                
             04/22/2015 02:25 PM       .                                

       Senator Garcia moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Before line 15
    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:
   14         1. Certified surgical first assistant from the National
   15  Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
   16         2. Certified surgical assistant from the National Surgical
   17  Assistant Association.
   18         3. Surgical assistant-certified from the American Board of
   19  Surgical Assistants.
   20         (b) “Certified surgical technologist” means a surgical
   21  technologist who maintains a valid and active certification as a
   22  certified surgical technologist from the National Board of
   23  Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
   24         (c) “Surgeon” means a health care practitioner as defined
   25  in s. 456.001 whose scope of practice includes performing
   26  surgery and who is listed as the primary surgeon in the
   27  operative report.
   28         (d) “Surgical assistant” means a person who provides aid in
   29  exposure, hemostasis, closures, and other intraoperative
   30  technical functions and who assists the surgeon in performing a
   31  safe operation with optimal results for the patient.
   32         (e) “Surgical technologist” means a person whose duties
   33  include, but are not limited to, maintaining sterility during a
   34  surgical procedure, handling and ensuring the availability of
   35  necessary equipment and supplies, and maintaining observation of
   36  the operative site to ensure that the operating room environment
   37  is safe, that proper equipment is available, and that the
   38  operative procedure is conducted efficiently.
   39         (12) A facility may not employ or contract with an
   40  individual to perform the duties of a surgical assistant or a
   41  surgical technologist unless the individual is a certified
   42  surgical assistant or a certified surgical technologist,
   43  respectively. The requirement for certification does not apply
   44  to:
   45         (a) An individual who has completed an appropriate training
   46  program for surgical technology in any branch of the Armed
   47  Forces or reserve component of the Armed Forces.
   48         (b) An individual who was employed or contracted to perform
   49  the duties of a surgical technologist or surgical assistant
   50  before July 1, 2015.
   51         (c) A health care practitioner as defined in s. 456.001 or
   52  a student if the duties performed by the practitioner or the
   53  student are within the scope of the practitioner’s or the
   54  student’s training and practice.
   55         (d) A person enrolled in a surgical technology or surgical
   56  assisting training program accredited by the Commission on
   57  Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the
   58  Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, or another
   59  accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of
   60  Education as of July 1, 2015. A person may practice as a
   61  surgical technologist or a surgical assistant for 1 year after
   62  completion of a training program under this paragraph before
   63  certification is required.
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   66  And the title is amended as follows:
   67         Delete lines 2 - 3
   68  and insert: