(a) An individual shall be licensed by the Board of Medicine before practicing as a trauma technologist in the District of Columbia.
(b) An individual licensed to practice as a trauma technologist shall have the authority to:
(1) Identify respiratory emergencies and perform critical interventions with oxygen therapy equipment, including bag valve masks;
(2) Identify circulatory emergencies and perform critical interventions, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
(3) Identify, assess, and treat, as required, various eye injuries, soft tissue injuries, ligament and tendon injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, environmental emergencies, and exposure and reactions to poisons;
(4) Provide topical and infiltration application of a local anesthetic,
(5) Apply tourniquets, casts, immobilizers, and surgical dressings;
(6) Perform phlebotomy and insert intravenous catheters; and
(7) Suture lacerations and provide wound care.
(c) A trauma technologist shall not:
(1) Perform any surgical procedure independently;
(2) Have prescriptive authority; or
(3) Write any progress notes or orders on hospitalized patients.
(d) Telecommunication by a physician licensed to practice in the District of Columbia may suffice as a means for directing delegated acts for a trauma technologist who is under the indirect supervision of that physician.
Effect of Amendments
The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-64 added this section.