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The Florida Statutes

The 2009 Florida Statutes

Title XXXII
REGULATION OF PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
Chapter 460
CHIROPRACTIC MEDICINE
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Section 460.4166, Florida Statutes 2009

460.4166  Registered chiropractic assistants.--

(1)  DEFINITION.--As used in this section, "registered chiropractic assistant" means a professional, multiskilled person dedicated to assisting in all aspects of chiropractic medical practice under the direct supervision and responsibility of a chiropractic physician or certified chiropractic physician's assistant. A registered chiropractic assistant assists with patient care management, executes administrative and clinical procedures, and often performs managerial and supervisory functions. Competence in the field also requires that a registered chiropractic assistant adhere to ethical and legal standards of professional practice, recognize and respond to emergencies, and demonstrate professional characteristics.

(2)  DUTIES.--Under the direct supervision and responsibility of a licensed chiropractic physician or certified chiropractic physician's assistant, a registered chiropractic assistant may:

(a)  Perform clinical procedures, which include:

1.  Preparing patients for the chiropractic physician's care.

2.  Taking vital signs.

3.  Observing and reporting patients' signs or symptoms.

(b)  Administer basic first aid.

(c)  Assist with patient examinations or treatments other than manipulations or adjustments.

(d)  Operate office equipment.

(e)  Collect routine laboratory specimens as directed by the chiropractic physician or certified chiropractic physician's assistant.

(f)  Administer nutritional supplements as directed by the chiropractic physician or certified chiropractic physician's assistant.

(g)  Perform office procedures required by the chiropractic physician or certified chiropractic physician's assistant under direct supervision of the chiropractic physician or certified chiropractic physician's assistant.

(3)  REGISTRATION.--Registered chiropractic assistants may be registered by the board for a biennial fee not to exceed $25.

History.--s. 9, ch. 96-296; s. 279, ch. 98-166; s. 110, ch. 99-397.

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