2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
Health Care
Article 43.2 - Surgical Assistants and Surgical Technologists
§ 12-43.2-101. Definitions

CO Rev Stat ยง 12-43.2-101 (2016) What's This?

As used in this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Database" means the database required by section 12-43.2-102.

(2) "Director" means the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies or the director's designee.

(3) "Employer" means a health care institution as defined in section 13-64-202, C.R.S., a health care professional as defined in section 13-64-202, C.R.S., or an entity who either employs a registrant or who provides a registrant to a health care institution or health care professional on a contractual basis.

(4) "Register" means to record the information required by section 12-43.2-102 (3) (b) in the database in a form and manner as determined by the director. To be registered does not mean that the registrant:

(a) Has any particular qualifications or professional competency; or

(b) Must be certified as a surgical assistant or surgical technologist.

(5) "Registrant" means a person required to be registered pursuant to this article.

(6) "Surgical assistant" means a person who performs certain duties, including:

(a) Positioning the patient;

(b) Providing visualization of the operative site;

(c) Utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with hemostasis;

(d) Participating in volume replacement or autotransfusion techniques as appropriate;

(e) Utilizing appropriate techniques to assist with closure of body planes;

(f) Selecting and applying appropriate wound dressings;

(g) Providing assistance in securing drainage systems to tissue; and

(h) The duties specified in subsection (7) of this section.

(7) "Surgical technologist" means a person who performs certain duties, including:

(a) Preparation of the operating or procedure room and the sterile field for surgical procedures by sterilizing supplies, instruments, and equipment;

(b) Preparation of the operating or procedure room for surgical procedures by ensuring that surgical equipment is functioning properly and safely; and

(c) Passing instruments, equipment, or supplies to a surgeon; sponging or suctioning an operative site; preparing and cutting suture material; holding retractors; transferring but not administering fluids or drugs; assisting in counting sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments; and performing other similar duties as directed during a surgical procedure.

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