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Arkansas Code Title 17. Professions, Occupations, and Businesses § 17-95-1002. Definitions

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As used in this subchapter:

(1) “Surgical technologist” means an individual who performs the skills and techniques of surgical technology under the direction and supervision of a licensed practitioner other than in the course of practicing as a licensed healthcare professional;  and

(2) “Surgical technology” means surgical patient care that includes without limitation:

(A) Preparing an operating room and a sterile field for surgical procedures by ensuring that surgical equipment is assembled and functioning properly and safely;

(B) Preparing sterile supplies, instruments, and equipment using sterile technique;

(C) Performing tasks in a sterile field, including:

(i) Maintaining asepsis and a sterile operating field;

(ii) Passing supplies, equipment, or instruments according to the needs of the surgical team;

(iii) Sponging or suctioning an operative site;

(iv) Preparing and cutting suture material;

(v) Providing irrigation solutions to the supervising physician and irrigating an operative site;

(vi) Providing drugs within the sterile field for administration by the supervising physician;

(vii) Handling specimens;

(viii) Holding retractors and other instruments;

(ix) Applying electrocautery to clamps on blood vessels;

(x) Connecting drains to a suction apparatus;

(xi) Applying dressings to closed wounds;  and

(xii) Performing counts of supplies such as sponges, needles, and instruments with the registered nurse circulator;  and

(D) The practice of surgical technology is a separate and distinct healthcare profession that does not include the practice of surgical assisting as performed by physician assistants, surgical assistants, or first assistants.

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