The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall
have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Act--The Licensed Perfusionists Act, Title 3, Subtitle
K, Texas Occupations Code Annotated Chapter 603.
(2) Active duty--A person who is currently serving
as full-time military service member in the armed forces of the United
States or active duty military service as a member of the Texas military
forces, as defined by §437.001, Government Code, or similar military
service of another state.
(3) Address of record--The mailing address of each
licensee or applicant as provided to the agency pursuant to the Act.
(4) Advisory committee--The Perfusionist Licensure
Advisory Committee, an informal advisory committee to the board whose
purpose is to advise the board regarding rules relating to the licensure,
enforcement, and discipline of perfusionists.
(5) APA--Administrative Procedure Act, Texas Government
Code, Chapter 2001 as amended.
(6) Applicant--A person seeking a perfusionist license
from the board.
(7) Armed forces of the United States--Army, Navy,
Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps of the United States or a
reserve unit of one of those branches of the armed forces.
(8) Board--The Texas Medical Board.
(9) Delegating physician--A physician licensed by the
board who delegates, to a licensed perfusionist, the practice of perfusion.
(10) Health care professional--A licensed perfusionist,
provisional licensed perfusionist, or any person licensed, certified,
or registered by the state in a health-related profession.
(11) Military service member--A person who is on active
(12) Military spouse--A person who is married to a
military service member.
(13) Military veteran--A person who served on active
duty and who was discharged or released from active duty.
(14) Perfusion--The function necessary for the support,
treatment, measurement, or supplementation of the cardiovascular,
circulatory, or respiratory system, or a combination of those activities,
and to ensure the safe management of physiologic functions by monitoring
the parameters of the system under an order and under the supervision
of a licensed physician, including:
(A) the use of extracorporeal circulation, cardiopulmonary
support techniques, and other therapeutic and diagnostic technologies;
(B) counterpulsation, ventricular assistance, or autotransfusion
(including blood conservation techniques), administration of cardioplegia,
and isolated limb perfusion;
(C) the use of techniques involving blood management,
advanced life support, and other related functions; and
(D) in the performance of the acts described in this
(i) the administration of:
(I) pharmacological and therapeutic agents; or
(II) blood products or anesthetic agents through the
extracorporeal circuit or through an intravenous line as ordered by
(ii) the performance and use of:
(I) anticoagulation analysis;
(II) physiologic analysis;
(III) blood gas and chemistry analysis;
(IV) hematocrit analysis;
(VII) hemoconcentration; and
(VIII) hemodilution; and
(iii) the observation of signs and symptoms related
to perfusion services, the determination of whether the signs and
symptoms exhibit abnormal characteristics, and the implementation
of appropriate reporting, perfusion protocols, or changes in or the
initiation of emergency procedures.
(15) Perfusionist--A person licensed as a perfusionist
by the board.
(16) Perfusion protocols--Perfusion-related policies
and protocols developed or approved by a licensed health facility
or a physician through collaboration with administrators, licensed
perfusionists, and other health professionals.
(17) Provisional licensed perfusionist--A person provisionally
licensed as a perfusionist by the board.
(18) Submit--The term used to indicate that a completed
item has been actually received and date-stamped by the board along
with all required documentation and fees, if any.
(19) Supervision--Supervision of a provisionally licensed
perfusionist by a licensed perfusionist or a physician who is licensed
by the Texas Medical Board and certified by the American Board of
Thoracic Surgery or certified in cardiovascular surgery by the American
Osteopathic Board of Surgery. Supervision includes overseeing the
activities of, and accepting responsibility for, the perfusion services
rendered by a provisionally licensed perfusionist.