2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 448. Medical practices.
448.015 Definitions.



Subch. II of Ch. 448 - ANNOT.

Cross Reference: See also Med, Wis. adm. code.
448.015 Definitions. In this subchapter:


(1) "Board" means medical examining board.


(1e) "Extracorporeal circulation" means the diversion of a patient's blood through a heart-lung machine or a similar device that assumes the functions of the patient's heart or lungs or both.


(1m) "Perfusion" means that branch or system of treating the sick that is limited to the operation and management of extracorporeal circulation to support, temporarily replace, measure, treat, or supplement the cardiopulmonary and circulatory system of a patient, including, when necessary to and part of the management and operation of extracorporeal circulation, the use of blood testing and advanced life support techniques and technologies, autotransfusion, and the administration of blood, blood products, and anesthetic and pharmacological agents.


(1s) "Perfusionist" means an individual who practices perfusion.


(2) "Respiratory care" means that branch or system of treating the sick which is limited to assisting in the prevention, diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of respiratory disorders by various means, including the administration of medical gases, oxygen therapy, ventilation therapy, artificial airway care, bronchial hygiene therapy, aerosolization of pharmacological agents, respiratory rehabilitation therapy and other treatment, testing, evaluation and rehabilitation procedures performed under the direction of a physician, but not including the use of general anesthetic agents.


(3) "Respiratory care practitioner" means an individual who practices respiratory care.


(4) "Unprofessional conduct" means all of the following:


(a) Those acts or attempted acts of commission or omission defined as unprofessional conduct by the board under the authority delegated to the board by s. 15.08 (5) (b).


(b) Any act by a physician or physician assistant in violation of ch. 450 or 961. "Unprofessional conduct" does not include providing expedited partner therapy as described in s. 448.035.

448.015 - ANNOT.

NOTE: Par. (b) is shown as affected by 2 acts of the 2009 Wisconsin legislature and as merged by the legislative reference bureau under s. 13.92 (2) (i). As a result of the merger, the second sentence of par. (b) is incorrectly placed in par. (b). Corrective legislation is pending.


(c) Failure by a physician to report as required under s. 448.115.

448.015 - ANNOT.

History: 1997 a. 175 ss. 16, 23, 24, 25, 27; 1999 a. 32; 2001 a. 89, 105; 2009 a. 280, 382; 13.92 (2) (i).

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