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The 2018 Florida Statutes

Title XXXII
REGULATION OF PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
Chapter 468
MISCELLANEOUS PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
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F.S. 468.351
468.351 Purpose and intent; application.
(1)(a) The purpose in enacting this part is to provide for the licensure of persons who deliver respiratory care services and who meet certain requirements. The delivery of respiratory care services by persons licensed pursuant to this part shall not be construed to permit the practice of medicine.
(b) It is the finding of the Legislature that the delivery of respiratory care services by unskilled and incompetent persons presents a danger to the public health and safety. Because it is difficult for the public to make informed choices related to respiratory care services and since the consequences of wrong choices can seriously endanger public health and safety, it is the intent of the Legislature to prohibit the delivery of respiratory care services by persons who are determined to possess less than minimum competencies or who otherwise present a danger to the public.
(2) It is the intent of the Legislature that the department regulate blood gas laboratories and that the supervision of health care practitioners performing blood gas analysis and specimen collection for the purpose of such analysis be specified in rules pursuant to the applicable practice act. Further, it is the intent of the Legislature that personnel licensed pursuant to this part shall be exempt from the licensure provisions of chapter 483.
History.ss. 1, 3, ch. 84-252; s. 1, ch. 86-60; s. 1, ch. 87-553; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 129, ch. 97-264.