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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 3, 2019 03:47 PM
From: Representative Rob W. Kauffman
To: All House members
Subject: Certification of Central Service Technicians & Surgical Technologists Legislation (Former HB’s 1587 & 1805)
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation that provides for the certification of central service technicians and surgical technologists.

As some background, central service technicians are the individuals responsible for ensuring that equipment and instruments used during surgical procedures are properly disassembled, cleaned, inspected, sterilized, and reassembled prior to patient use, and surgical technologists are essential members of the operating room team who are responsible for setting-up and managing these complex instruments.

Surprisingly, despite the critical roles that both professions play, neither are subject to certification requirements in Pennsylvania. Therefore, I am re-introducing legislation that will require central service technicians and surgical technologists to pass a nationally accredited exam and maintain continuing education requirements.

It is critical to the safety and health of any patient undergoing surgery that every member of the surgical team has the proper education, skills and knowledge to function safely. Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Thank you.

Former HB 1587 Co-sponsors: Pashinski, Daley, Pickett, Rapp and Farry
Former HB 1805 Co-sponsors: Rapp, Zimmerman, James, DeLuca, Wheeland, Jozwiak, Gillen, Helm, Schweyer and Kortz

Introduced as HB81