.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 1094 as follows:
Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:
"Section 1. [144.587] SURGICAL TECHNOLOGISTS.
1.4 Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) For the purposes of this section, the terms defined in
1.5this subdivision have the meanings given.
1.6(b) "Health care facility" means a health care facility licensed under section 144.50,
1.8(c) "Surgical technology" means surgical patient care that involves:
1.9(1) preparing the operating room for surgical procedures by ensuring that surgical
1.10equipment is functioning properly and safely;
1.11(2) preparing the operating room and sterile field for surgical procedures by
1.12preparing sterile supplies, instruments, and equipment using sterile techniques;
1.13(3) anticipating the needs of the surgical team based on knowledge of human
1.14anatomy and pathophysiology and how they relate to the surgical patient and the patient's
1.15surgical procedure; and
1.16(4) as directed in an operating room setting, performing tasks at the sterile field,
1.18(i) passing supplies, equipment, or instruments;
1.19(ii) sponging or suctioning an operative site;
1.20(iii) preparing and cutting suture material;
1.21(iv) transferring and irrigating with fluids;
1.22(v) transferring but not administering drugs within the sterile field;
1.23(vi) handling specimens;
1.24(vii) holding retractors; and
1.25(viii) assisting in counting sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
2.1 Subd. 2. Surgical technologists; employment. (a) A health care facility shall not
2.2employ or retain the services of an individual to perform surgical technology tasks or
2.3functions unless the individual:
2.4(1) has successfully completed an accredited educational program for surgical
2.5technologists and holds and maintains a certified surgical technician credential from
2.6a nationally recognized surgical technologist certifying body accredited by the National
2.7Commission for Certifying Agencies and recognized by the American College of
2.8Surgeons and the Association of Surgical Technologists;
2.9(2) provides verification that the individual is employed to practice surgical
2.10technology in a health care facility in this state on the effective date of this section;
2.11(3) has successfully completed an appropriate training program for surgical
2.12technology in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard of the United
2.13States or in the United States Public Health Service; or
2.14(4) is in the service of the federal government, to the extent the person is performing
2.15duties related to that service.
2.16(b) A health care facility may employ an individual to perform surgical technology
2.17tasks who does not meet the requirements of paragraph (a) under the following conditions:
2.18(1) after making a diligent and thorough effort, the health care facility is unable to
2.19employ a sufficient number of individuals who meet the requirements of paragraph (a); and
2.20(2) the health care facility makes a written record of its efforts under subdivision 1,
2.21and retains the record at the health care facility.
2.22(c) Nothing in this section shall prohibit:
2.23(1) any licensed practitioner from performing surgical technology tasks or functions
2.24if the individual is acting within the scope of that practitioner's license;
2.25(2) any student in training to be licensed as a health care practitioner from performing
2.26surgical technology tasks or functions if under the supervision of a licensed physician; or
2.27(3) any health care facility from employing or retaining the services of an individual
2.28to perform tasks listed in subdivision 1, provided the individual maintains a certified
2.29surgical assistant credential from the National Surgical Assistant Association.
2.30(d) This section does not repeal or modify any law relating to the supervision
2.31of surgical technologists.
2.32 Subd. 3. Continuing education. An individual who qualifies to be employed under
2.33subdivision 2, paragraph (a), clause (2) or (3), shall complete 15 hours of continuing
2.34education annually to remain qualified for employment by a health care facility.