Florida Senate - 2012 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 362 Barcode 390668 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 02/16/2012 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Health Regulation (Jones) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Paragraph (e) is added to subsection (2) of 6 section 395.0191, Florida Statutes, to read: 7 (e) Each licensed facility shall establish policies and 8 procedures for the employment of surgical technologists. 9 1. For purposes of this paragraph, “surgical technologist” 10 means a person who assists and practices under the supervision 11 of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is 12 safe, that proper equipment is available, and that the operative 13 procedure is conducted efficiently. Surgical technologist duties 14 include, but are not limited to, maintaining sterility during a 15 surgical procedure, handling and ensuring the availability of 16 necessary equipment and supplies, and maintaining visibility of 17 the operative site. 18 2. The licensed facility may consider for such employment 19 only a person who: 20 a. Has successfully completed a surgical technologist 21 training program accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health 22 Education Schools or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied 23 Health Education Programs; and 24 b. Holds certification as a surgical technologist from an 25 organization recognized by the National Commission for 26 Certifying Agencies. Such certification must be maintained 27 throughout employment at the facility; 28 29 unless the licensed facility continuously employs a person who 30 is working as a surgical technologist on October 1, 2012; or 31 uses a licensed practitioner subject to ch. 456 or a student as 32 a surgical technologist, and such practitioner or student is 33 appropriately trained and only performs duties within his or her 34 scope of practice. 35 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2012. 36 37 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 38 And the title is amended as follows: 39 Delete everything before the enacting clause 40 and insert: 41 A bill to be entitled 42 An act relating to surgical technology; amending s. 43 395.0191, F.S.; requiring licensed facilities to 44 establish policies and procedures for the employment 45 of surgical technologists; providing a definition; 46 providing educational and credentialing requirements; 47 providing exceptions; providing an effective date.