Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter VI-D. Trauma Technologists; Scope of Practice; License Renewal; Transition.


§ 3–1206.51. Scope of practice.

(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.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 651; as added Jan. 25, 2014, D.C. Law 20-64, § 2(g), 60 DCR 16533; Feb. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-227, § 201, 66 DCR 197.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-64 added this section.


§ 3–1206.52. License renewal.

The Board of Medicine shall renew the license of a trauma technologist who, in addition to meeting the requirements of § 3-1205.04(r), has submitted to the Board, along with an application for renewal, documentation of successful completion of 50 hours of Board-approved continuing medical education within 2 years before the date the license expires. Continuing medical education may consist of critiques, didactic session, practical drills, workshops, seminars, or other Board-approved means.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 652; as added Jan. 25, 2014, D.C. Law 20-64, § 2(g), 60 DCR 16533.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-64 added this section.


§ 3–1206.53. Transition.

For a period of 12 months following January 25, 2014, all references in this chapter to “trauma technologists” shall be deemed to refer to persons meeting the requirements for licensure in the District, regardless of whether they are licensed in fact.


(Mar. 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-99, § 653; as added Jan. 25, 2014, D.C. Law 20-64, § 2(g), 60 DCR 16533.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-64 added this section.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2 of the Trauma Technologists Licensure Emergency Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-523, Dec. 18, 2014, 61 DCR 13110, 20 STAT 4437).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 2 of the Trauma Technologists Licensure Temporary Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Law 20-180, March 7, 2015, 62 DCR 1324).