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Bill Detail: SB20-087

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Title Require Credentials Central Service Technicians
Status House Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments (05/28/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
House Sponsors K. Mullica (D)
Senate Sponsors N. Todd (D)
House Committee Public Health Care and Human Services
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 01/13/2020

A central service technician (CST) is a person who
decontaminates, inspects, assembles, packages, and sterilizes reusable
medical instruments or devices in a hospital or ambulatory surgical
center. The bill generally prohibits any individual from functioning as a
CST unless the individual has successfully passed a nationally accredited
exam and holds at least one of 2 professional credentials. The bill also

generally prohibits hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers from
employing a CST who does not satisfy these requirements.
However, the new requirements do not apply to an individual who:
  • Was employed as a CST in one or more hospitals or
ambulatory surgical centers for a cumulative period of at
least one year during the period beginning December 31,
2015, and ending December 31, 2020;
  • Is employed as a CST by a hospital or ambulatory surgical
center on December 31, 2020; and
  • Remains continuously employed as a CST after December
31, 2020.
Additionally, an individual who does not satisfy the new
requirements may function as a CST in a hospital or ambulatory surgical
center for up to 18 months so long as the individual continues to make a
good-faith effort to satisfy the requirements during this time.
A hospital or ambulatory surgical center may employ a CST who
does not satisfy the new requirements if the CST qualifies for one of the
described exceptions.
At the request of an individual who was employed as a CST by a
hospital or ambulatory surgical center, the hospital or ambulatory surgical
center shall verify in writing the individual's dates of employment or the
contract period during which the individual provided services.

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