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Business and Professions Code - BPC

DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 - 4999.129]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. )

CHAPTER 8.3. Respiratory Therapy [3700 - 3779]

  ( Chapter 8.3 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1344, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 1. General Provisions [3700 - 3706]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1344, Sec. 1. )


The respiratory care practice is further defined and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(a) Mechanical or physiological ventilatory support as used in paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 3702 includes, but is not limited to, any system, procedure, machine, catheter, equipment, or other device used in whole or in part, to provide ventilatory or oxygenating support.

(b) Administration of medical gases and pharmacological agents for the purpose of inducing conscious or deep sedation under physician and surgeon supervision and the direct orders of the physician and surgeon performing the procedure.

(c) All forms of extracorporeal life support, including, but not limited to, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (ECCO2R).

(d) Educating students, health care professionals, or consumers about respiratory care, including, but not limited to, education of respiratory core courses or clinical instruction provided as part of a respiratory educational program and educating health care professionals or consumers about the operation or application of respiratory care equipment and appliances.

(e) The treatment, management, diagnostic testing, control, education, and care of patients with sleep and wake disorders as provided in Chapter 7.8 (commencing with Section 3575).

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 247, Sec. 3. (SB 525) Effective January 1, 2016.)