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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1892         FILED ON: 9/30/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1886

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Stephen M. Brewer

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act regulating central service technicians.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Stephen M. Brewer

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

William N. Brownsberger

Second Suffolk and Middlesex

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Richard T. Moore

Worcester and Norfolk

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Jennifer L. Flanagan

Worcester and Middlesex

Benjamin B. Downing

Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Eileen M. Donoghue

First Middlesex

Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth

Michael J. Rodrigues

First Bristol and Plymouth

Edward F. Coppinger

10th Suffolk

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1892        FILED ON: 9/30/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1886

By Mr. Brewer, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Stephen M. Brewer, Gailanne M. Cariddi, Paul McMurtry, Michael O. Moore and other members of the General Court for legislation to regulate central service technicians.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act regulating central service technicians.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:

              SECTION 1:  Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 229 the following section:

              Section 230. (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

              “Health care practitioner,” any person licensed or registered under section 2, 16, 74 or 74A of chapter 112, including any intern, resident, fellow or medical officer who conducts or assists with the performance of surgery.

              “Surgical facility,” any entity that provides surgical health care services, whether inpatient or outpatient and whether overnight or ambulatory including, but not limited to, any hospital, clinic, or private office of a health care practitioner, whether conduced for charity or for profit and whether or not subject to section 25C, as well as any organization, partnership, association, corporation, trust or the commonwealth, or any subdivision thereof.

              “Central Service Technician,” any person who decontaminates, inspects, assembles, packages, and sterilizes reusable medical instruments or devices in a surgical facility.

              (b) A surgical facility shall not employ or otherwise retain the services of a central service technician unless such person:

              (1) Has successfully passed a nationally accredited central service exam for central service technicians; and holds and maintains one of the following credentials administered by a nationally accredited central service technician credentialing organization:  the certified registered central service technician credential, the certified sterile processing and distribution technician credential or a substantially equivalent credential; or

              (2) Provides evidence that the person was employed as a central service technician in a surgical facility on or before December 31, 2014.

              (c) A central service technician who does not meet the requirements of paragraph (b)(2) of this section shall have eighteen months from the date of hire to obtain the certified registered central service technician credential or the certified sterile processing and distribution technician.

              (d) A person who qualifies to function as a central service technician in a surgical facility under paragraphs (b)(1) and (2) of this section must annually complete ten hours of continuing education credits to remain qualified to function as a central service technician.

              (e) Nothing in this section shall prohibit any health care practitioner from performing central service technicians’ tasks or functions if the person is acting within the scope of his or her practice.

              (f) The commissioner of the department of public health shall adopt regulations necessary to carry out this act. Such regulations shall be adopted not later than 90 days after the effective date of this act.

              SECTION 2.  Section 1 shall take effect 180 days after the effective date of this act.

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