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  334.810.  Practice of respiratory care, definition — practice, where — practice, special training required, when — rules and regulations, authority to promulgate. — 1.  The "practice of respiratory care" includes, but is not limited to:

  (1)  The administration of pharmacologic, diagnostic and therapeutic agents related to respiratory care to implement a disease prevention, diagnostic, treatment or pulmonary rehabilitative regimen prescribed by a physician or by clinical protocols pertaining to the practice of respiratory care;

  (2)  Observing, examining, monitoring, assessment and evaluation of signs, symptoms and general physical response to respiratory care procedures, including whether such are abnormal, and implementation of changes in procedures based on observed abnormalities, appropriate clinical protocols or pursuant to a prescription by a physician licensed under chapter 334, or a person acting under a collaborative practice agreement as authorized by section 334.104; or

  (3)  The initiation of emergency procedures under the regulations of the board or as otherwise permitted in sections 334.800 to 334.930.

  2.  The practice of respiratory care is not limited to the hospital setting but shall always be performed under the prescription, order or protocol of a licensed physician and includes the diagnostic and therapeutic use of the following:

  (1)  Administration of medical gases, except for the purpose of anesthesia;

  (2)  Administration of pharmacologic agents related to, or in conjunction with, respiratory care procedures;

  (3)  Aerosolized medications and humidification;

  (4)  Arterial blood gas puncture or sample collection;

  (5)  Bronchopulmonary hygiene;

  (6)  Cardiopulmonary resuscitation;

  (7)  Environmental control mechanisms and therapy;

  (8)  Initiation, monitoring, modification of ventilator controls, and discontinuance or withdrawal of continuous mechanical ventilation;

  (9)  Intubation/extubation of endotracheal tubes, tracheostomy tubes and transtracheal catheters;

  (10)  Insertion of artificial airways and the maintenance of natural and artificial airways;

  (11)  Mechanical or physiological ventilatory support;

  (12)  Point-of-care diagnostic testing;

  (13)  Specific diagnostic and testing techniques employed in the medical management of patients to assist in diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and research of pulmonary abnormalities, including measurement of ventilatory volumes, pressures, flows, collection of specimens of blood and mucus, measurement and reporting of blood gases, expired and inspired gas samples and pulmonary function testing;

  (14)  Diagnostic monitoring or therapeutic intervention for oxygen desaturation, aberrant ventilatory patterns and related sleep disorders including obstructive and central apnea; and

  (15)  Other related physiologic measurements of the cardiopulmonary system.

  3.  The practice of respiratory care may also include, with special training, the following:

  (1)  Insertion and maintenance of peripheral arterial or venous lines and hemodynamic monitoring;

  (2)  Assistance with diagnostic or performing therapeutic bronchoscopy;

  (3)  Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), limited to the intensive care setting, and delivered under the supervision of a Certified Clinical Perfusionist (CCP, as defined by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion, an allied medical professional whose expertise is the science of extracorporeal life support) and a licensed physician;

  (4)  Air or ground ambulance transport;

  (5)  Hyperbaric oxygenation therapy;

  (6)  Electrophysiologic monitoring; or

  (7)  Other diagnostic testing or special procedures.

  4.  The state board of registration for the healing arts pursuant to section 334.125, and the board of respiratory care, created pursuant to section 334.830, may jointly promulgate rules defining additional procedures recognized as proper to be performed by respiratory care practitioners.  In order to take effect, such rules shall be approved by a majority vote of a quorum of each board.  Neither the state board of registration for the healing arts nor the board of respiratory care may separately promulgate rules relating to the practice of respiratory care.


(L. 1996 H.B. 999 § 2)

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