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RULE §184.1Purpose

These rules are promulgated under the authority Medical Practice Act Title 3, Subtitle B, Tex. Occ. Code and the Surgical Assistants Act, Tex. Occ. Code Ann. Ch. 206. The purpose of these rules is to establish requirements for the education, training, and professional behavior for persons who identify themselves as licensed surgical assistants without a financial burden to the people of Texas. Furthermore, the purpose of these rules and regulations is to also encourage the more effective utilization of the skills of physicians by enabling them to delegate health care tasks to licensed surgical assistants. These sections are not intended to, and shall not be construed to, restrict the physician from delegating technical and clinical tasks to technicians, other assistants, or employees who perform delegated tasks in a surgical setting and who are not rendering services as a surgical assistant or identifying themselves as a licensed surgical assistant. Nothing in these rules and regulations shall be construed to relieve the supervising physician of the professional or legal responsibility for the care and treatment of his or her patients. In addition, nothing in these rules and regulations shall be construed to require licensure as a surgical assistant for those individuals who are exempted, including registered nurses and physician assistants, under §206.002 of the Act.

Source Note: The provisions of this §184.1 adopted to be effective June 18, 2002, 27 TexReg 5205; amended to be effective August 10, 2008, 33 TexReg 6135

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