Florida Senate - 2016 SENATOR AMENDMENT
Bill No. SB 586
Senate . House
Floor: 1/AD/2R .
02/18/2016 10:27 AM .
Senator Garcia moved the following:
1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
3 Between lines 14 and 15
5 Section 2. Present subsections (1) through (10) of section
6 395.0191, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (2)
7 through (11), respectively, present subsection (6) of that
8 section is amended, and a new subsection (1) and subsection (12)
9 are added to that section, to read:
10 395.0191 Staff membership and clinical privileges.—
11 (1) As used in this section, the term:
12 (a) “Certified surgical assistant” means a surgical
13 assistant who maintains a valid and active certification under
14 one of the following designations: certified surgical first
15 assistant, from the National Board of Surgical Technology and
16 Surgical Assisting; certified surgical assistant, from the
17 National Surgical Assistant Association; or surgical assistant
18 certified, from the American Board of Surgical Assistants.
19 (b) “Certified surgical technologist” means a surgical
20 technologist who maintains a valid and active certification as a
21 certified surgical technologist from the National Board of
22 Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
23 (c) “Surgeon” means a health care practitioner as defined
24 in s. 456.001 whose scope of practice includes performing
25 surgery and who is listed as the primary surgeon in the
26 operative record.
27 (d) “Surgical assistant” means a person who provides aid in
28 exposure, hemostasis, closures, and other intraoperative
29 technical functions and who assists the surgeon in performing a
30 safe operation with optimal results for the patient.
31 (e) “Surgical technologist” means a person whose duties
32 include, but are not limited to, maintaining sterility during a
33 surgical procedure, handling and ensuring the availability of
34 necessary equipment and supplies, and maintaining visibility of
35 the operative site to ensure that the operating room environment
36 is safe, that proper equipment is available, and that the
37 operative procedure is conducted efficiently.
(6) Upon the written request of the applicant, any
39 licensed facility that has denied staff membership or clinical
40 privileges to any applicant specified in subsection (1) or
41 subsection (2) or subsection (3) shall, within 30 days of such
42 request, provide the applicant with the reasons for such denial
43 in writing. A denial of staff membership or clinical privileges
44 to any applicant shall be submitted, in writing, to the
45 applicant’s respective licensing board.
46 (12) At least 50 percent of the surgical assistants and 50
47 percent of the surgical technologists that a facility employs or
48 with whom it contracts must be certified surgical assistants and
49 certified surgical technologists, respectively. The requirements
50 of this subsection do not apply to the following:
51 (a) A person who has completed an appropriate training
52 program for surgical technology in any branch or reserve
53 component of the United States Armed Forces.
54 (b) A person who was employed or contracted to perform the
55 duties of a surgical technologist or surgical assistant at any
56 time before July 1, 2016.
57 (c) A health care practitioner as defined in s. 456.001 or
58 a student if the duties performed by the practitioner or the
59 student are within the scope of the practitioner’s or the
60 student’s training and practice.
61 (d) 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, 2016. A person may practice as a surgical
67 technologist or a surgical assistant for 2 years after
68 completion of such a training program before he or she is
69 required to obtain a certification under this subsection.
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72 And the title is amended as follows:
73 Between lines 5 and 6
75 amending s. 395.0191, F.S.; defining terms; requiring
76 a certain percentage of surgical assistants or
77 surgical technologists employed by or contracting with
78 a facility to be certified; providing exceptions to
79 such certification requirements;