Relates to the certification of crane operators.
PURPOSE: To require individuals employed in the supply of central services to hospitals to be certified and undergo continuing education.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Creates a new article 49-A in the public health law to address central service technicians. Section 4920, subdivision 1 defines key terms. Subdivision 2 sets forth the certification requirements for central service technicians. Subdivision 3 sets forth the continuing education requirements for central service technicians. Subdivisions 4, 5 and 6 pertains to supervisory roles of healthcare facilities and states that enforcement rests with the Department of Health. This section also contains a grandfathering clause. Section 2 of this bill sets forth the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Central service technicians prepare, distribute and control the sterile and non-sterile items and equipment used in all clinical areas of a hospital. The legislation requires the certification of persons who wish to practice in the central service, and provides certain requirements for such certification. In addition, the bill imposes a continuing education recruitment.
The goal of the central service is to maintain quality control procedures in an effort to prevent and control the spread of infection. This potential for infection in a hospital is a serious threat to the health and well-being of patients. Regulation of those who have control over the equipment that could spread infection, through the requirement for certification and continuing education, would ensure that the technicians have the requisite knowledge to prevent any spread of infection.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10: A.1014/S.363G Referred to Higher Education 2007-08: A.3220/S.3737 Referred to Higher Education
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become law, provided, however, that effective immediately the addition, amendment, and/or repeal of any rule or regulation for the timely implementation of this act on its effective date is hereby authorized and directed to be made completed on or before such effective date.