Respiratory Care Board of California

SB 525 Signed by Governor Brown

Release: September 2, 2015

The Respiratory Care Board is pleased to announce that SB 525 (Nielsen) was signed today by Governor Brown! SB 525, co-sponsored by the Respiratory Care Board of California and the California Society for Respiratory Care, makes great headway for the profession by codifying many existing respiratory care practices. Specifically this bill:

  1. Further defines the respiratory care practice to include:

    The therapy, management, rehabilitation, diagnostic evaluation, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities affecting the heart and cardiovascular system;
    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;
    All forms of extracorporeal life support, including, but not limited to, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (ECCO2R);
    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;
    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).

  2. Further defines overlapping functions of respiratory care practitioners to include providing therapy, management, rehabilitation, diagnostic evaluation, and care for non-respiratory related diagnoses or conditions provided (1) a health care facility has authorized the respiratory care practitioner to provide these services and (2) the respiratory care practitioner has maintained current competencies in the services provided, as needed.