PRINTER'S NO.  3312

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

HOUSE BILL

 

No.

2290

Session of

2012

  

  

INTRODUCED BY GINGRICH, BAKER, BOBACK, CALTAGIRONE, D. COSTA, CREIGHTON, DeLUCA, DONATUCCI, GEIST, HARRIS, HENNESSEY, JOSEPHS, KAUFFMAN, KILLION, MAJOR, MILLER, MOUL, MUNDY, MURT, MYERS, PICKETT, PYLE, QUINN, SONNEY, SWANGER, THOMAS AND VULAKOVICH, MARCH 29, 2012

  

  

REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, MARCH 29, 2012  

  

  

  

AN ACT

  

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Providing for certification of central supply technicians who

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perform sterilization procedures in health care facilities;

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imposing continuing education requirements; and providing for

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the duties of health care facilities and the Department of

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Health.

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The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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hereby enacts as follows:

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Section 1.  Short title.

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This act shall be known and may be cited as the Central

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Supply Technician Certification Act.

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Section 2.  Definitions.

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The following words and phrases when used in this act shall

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have the meanings given to them in this section unless the

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context clearly indicates otherwise:

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"Central supply technician."  A person who provides the

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services of decontamination, preparation, packaging,

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sterilization and storage and distribution of reusable medical

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instrumentation or devices in a health care facility.

 


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"Department."  The Department of Health of the Commonwealth.

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"Health care facility."  As defined in section 103 of the act

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of July 19, 1979 (P.L.130, No.48), known as the Health Care

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Facilities Act.

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"Health care practitioner."  As defined in section 103 of the

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act of July 19, 1979 (P.L.130, No.48), known as the Health Care

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Facilities Act.

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Section 3.  Certification required.

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No person may function as a central supply technician and no

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health care facility may employ or otherwise contract for the

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services of a central supply technician, unless the person meets

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one of the following:

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(1)  holds and maintains the Certified Registered Central

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Service Technician credential administered by the

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International Association of Healthcare Central Service

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Material Management or the Certified Sterile Processing and

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Distribution Technician credential administered by the

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Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution,

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Inc.;

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(2)  provides evidence that the person was employed or

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otherwise contracted for the services as a central service

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technician in a health care facility on or within the two-

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year period immediately prior to the effective date of this

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section, which evidence may include written confirmation by

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the contractor or employer of the employment; or

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(3)  is a student or intern performing the functions of a

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central supply technician if the student or intern is under

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the direct supervision of an appropriately licensed or

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certified health care practitioner and is functioning within

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the scope of the student's or intern's training.

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Section 4.  Continuing employment and education.

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(a)  New employees.--A person may be employed or contracted

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to practice as a central supply technician during the 12-month

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period immediately following successful completion of

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certification by the International Association of Healthcare

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Central Service Material Management or the Certification Board

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for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc., but may not

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continue to be employed or under such contract beyond that

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period without documentation that the employee or contractor

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holds and maintains the certification required under section

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3(1).

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(b)  Existing employees.--

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(1)  A person who is employed or contracted to practice

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as a central supply technician on the effective date of this

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section must be certified within two years of the effective

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date of this section.

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(2)  A person who is employed or contracted to practice

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as a central supply technician on the effective date of this

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section and fails to obtain certification within the two-year

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period specified in paragraph (1) may not continue to be

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employed beyond that period without documentation that the

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employee is certified in accordance with this act.

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(c)  Continuing education.--A person who qualifies to

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function as a central supply technician in a health care

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facility under section 3(1) and (2) shall annually complete 12

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hours of continuing education to maintain the person's

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certification as a central sterile supply technician.

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(d)  Health care facility responsibility.--A health care

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facility that employs or contracts with a central supply

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technician shall verify to the department and maintain

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documentation that the person is properly certified and meets

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the continuing education requirements of this section.

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Section 5.  Other licensed practitioners.

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Nothing in this act shall be construed to prohibit a licensed

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health care practitioner from performing the tasks or functions

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of a central supply technician if the person is acting within

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the scope of the person's license as a health care practitioner.

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Section 6.  Departmental duties.

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The department shall administer the provisions of this act

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and promulgate and adopt such regulations as may be necessary to

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implement this act.

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Section 7.  Effective date.

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This act shall take effect January 1, 2013.

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