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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: November 12, 2015 01:58 PM
From: Representative Daniel J. Deasy
To: All House members
Subject: Perfusionist Permits
In the new future, I will be introducing companion bills (one amending the Medical Practice Act and one amending the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act) that will address the temporary permits issued to those seeking to become a licensed perfusionist in PA.

A perfusionist is a certified medical technician responsible for extracorporeal oxygenation of the blood during open-heart surgery and for the operation and maintenance of equipment (as a heart-lung machine) controlling it. (MerriamWebster)

An individual seeking to be licensed as a perfusionist is issued a temporary permit to work under the direct supervision of a licensed perfusionist. This temporary permit is valid for two years, during which time the student must pass several exams toward licensing. It is important to note that these exams cannot be taken unless the student holds this temporary permit. Under current law, if a student fails one of the required exams for licensing, the temporary permit is revoked and the student cannot retake the exam or any other exams for licensing.

My legislation would allow for the issuance of the temporary permit for two years and give those studying to become a licensed perfusionist those two years to take and, if needed retake, exams needed for licensing. If all exams are not taken and passed within those two years, the temporary permit would be revoked.

Please join me in co-sponsoring both of these important pieces of legislation.

Document #1

Introduced as HB1728

Description: Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1985, further providing for perfusionist.

Document #2

Introduced as HB1729

Description: Amends the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act, further providing for perfusionist.