WSR 10-06-020



(Podiatric Medical Board)

[ Filed February 22, 2010, 11:37 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-16-139.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-922-650, adding a new section for office-based surgery standards.

Hearing Location(s): Highline Hospital and Medical Center, 16251 Sylvester Road S.E., Burien, WA, on April 15, 2010, at 9:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: April 15, 2010.

Submit Written Comments to: Erin Obenland, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, web site, fax (360) 236-2406, by April 1, 2010.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Erin Obenland by April 1, 2010, TTY (800) 833-6388 or 711.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: Rules are needed to establish consistent standards for podiatric physicians who administer sedation and anesthesia in an office-based setting. The proposed rule will help promote patient safety in an office-based surgery setting by defining types of sedation that may be used, requiring compliance with certification standards, by requiring them to demonstrate qualifications and competency, requiring the presence of an anesthesiologist or anesthetist, requiring one provider is currently certified in advanced resuscitative techniques, return patients who enter a deeper level of sedation than intended to a lighter level of sedation as quickly as possible, separate surgical and monitoring functions, create written emergency protocols and maintain legible, complete and accurate medical records.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The podiatric medical board (board) is proposing this rule because currently there is no direct regulation for office-based surgery settings. RCW 18.22.015(5) allows the board to adopt rules governing the administration of sedation and anesthesia. Rules are needed to establish enforceable standards to reduce the risk of substandard care, inappropriate anesthesia, infections, and serious complications by podiatric physicians in an office-based surgery setting.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.22.015, 18.130.050.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 18.22 RCW.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Department of health, podiatric medical board, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Erin Obenland, 310 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 236-4945.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rule would not impose more than minor costs on businesses in an industry.

A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Erin Obenland, Program Manager, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone (360) 236-4945, fax (360) 236-2406, e-mail

February 22, 2010

Blake T. Maresh

Executive Director


WAC 246-922-650   Office-based surgery standards.   (1) Purpose. The purpose of this rule is to promote and establish consistent standards, continuing competency, and to promote patient safety. The podiatric medical board establishes the following rule for those physicians licensed under chapter 18.22 RCW who perform surgical procedures and use analgesia or sedation in office-based settings. This rule does not apply to any office-based procedures performed with the use of general anesthesia.

(2) Definitions. The following terms used in this subsection apply throughout this rule unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(a) "Board" means the podiatric medical board.

(b) "Deep sedation or analgesia" means a drug-induced depression of consciousness during which patients cannot be easily aroused but respond purposefully following repeated or painful stimulation. The ability to independently maintain ventilatory function may be impaired. Patients may require assistance in maintaining a patent airway, and spontaneous ventilation may be inadequate. Cardiovascular function is usually maintained.

(c) "General anesthesia" means a state of unconsciousness intentionally produced by anesthetic agents, with absence of pain sensation over the entire body, in which the patient is without protective reflexes and is unable to maintain an airway. Sedation that unintentionally progresses to the point at which the patient is without protective reflexes and is unable to maintain an airway is not considered general anesthesia.

(d) "Local infiltration" means the process of infusing a local anesthetic agent into the skin and other tissues to allow painless wound irrigation, exploration and repair, foreign puncture, and other procedures.

(e) "Major conduction anesthesia" means the administration of a drug or combination of drugs to interrupt nerve impulses without loss of consciousness, such as epidural, caudal, or spinal anesthesia, lumbar or brachial plexus blocks, and intravenous regional anesthesia. Major conduction anesthesia does not include isolated blockade of small peripheral nerves, such as digital nerves.

(f) "Minimal sedation or analgesia" means a drug-induced state during which patients respond normally to verbal commands. Although cognitive function and coordination may be impaired, ventilatory and cardiovascular functions are unaffected. Minimal sedation is limited to unsupplemented oral and intramuscular medications.

(g) "Moderate sedation or analgesia" means a drug-induced depression of consciousness during which patients respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or accompanied by tactile stimulation. No interventions are required to maintain a patent airway, and spontaneous ventilation is adequate. Cardiovascular function is usually maintained.

(h) "Office-based surgery" means any surgery or invasive medical procedure requiring analgesia or sedation, performed in a location other than a hospital, a hospital-associated surgical center, or an ambulatory surgical facility.

(i) "Physician" means a podiatric physician licensed under chapter 18.22 RCW.

(3) Exemptions. This rule does not apply to physicians when:

(a) Performing surgery and medical procedures that require only minimal sedation (anxiolysis) or analgesia, or filtration of local anesthetic around peripheral nerves;

(b) Performing surgery in a licensed hospital, a hospital-associated surgical center, or an ambulatory surgical facility;

(c) Performing surgery using general anesthesia. General anesthesia cannot be a planned event in an office-based surgery setting. Facilities where physicians do procedures involving general anesthesia are regulated by rules related to licensed hospitals, hospital-associated surgical centers, and ambulatory surgical facilities.

(4) Application of rules. This rule applies to physicians practicing independently or in a group setting who perform office-based surgery employing one or more of the following levels of sedation or anesthesia:

(a) Moderate sedation or analgesia; or

(b) Deep sedation or analgesia; or

(c) Major conduction anesthesia below the ankle.

(5) Accreditation or certification. Within one hundred eighty calendar days of the effective date of this rule, a physician who performs a procedure under this rule must ensure that the procedure is performed in a facility that is appropriately equipped and maintained to ensure patient safety through accreditation or certification from one of the following:

(a) The Joint Commission (JC);

(b) The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC);

(c) The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF); or

(d) The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

(6) Competency. An office-based surgery physician must be able to demonstrate qualifications and competency for the procedures being performed.

(7) Presence of an anesthesiologist or anesthetist. For procedures requiring spinal or major conduction anesthesia above the ankle, a physician authorized under chapter 18.71 or 18.57 RCW or a certified registered nurse anesthetist authorized under chapter 18.79 RCW must administer the anesthesia. Under RCW 18.22.035 (4)(b), podiatrists shall not administer spinal anesthetic or any anesthetic that renders the patient unconscious.

(8) Qualifications for administration of sedation and analgesia shall include:

(a) Completion of a continuing medical education course in conscious sedation; or

(b) Relevant training in a residency training program; or

(c) Having privileges for conscious sedation granted by a hospital medical staff.

(9) At least one provider currently certified in advanced resuscitative techniques appropriate for the patient age group (e.g., ACLS, PALS or APLS) must be present or immediately available with age-size-appropriate resuscitative equipment throughout the procedure and until the patient has met the criteria for discharge from the facility.

(10) Sedation assessment and management.

(a) Sedation is a continuum. Depending on the patient's response to drugs, the drugs administered, and the dose and timing of drug administration, it is possible that a deeper level of sedation will be produced than initially intended.

(b) Providers intending to produce a given level of sedation should be able to "rescue" patients who enter a deeper level of sedation than intended.

(c) If a patient enters into a deeper level of sedation than planned, the provider must return the patient to the lighter level of sedation as quickly as possible, while closely monitoring the patient to ensure the airway is patent, the patient is breathing, and that oxygenation, the heart rate and blood pressure are within acceptable values.

(11) Separation of surgical and monitoring functions.

(a) The provider performing the surgical procedure must not provide the anesthesia or monitoring.

(b) The provider designated by the physician performing the anesthesia or monitoring must not perform or assist in the surgical procedure.

(12) Emergency care and transfer protocols. A physician performing office-based surgery must ensure that in the event of a complication or emergency:

(a) All office personnel are familiar with a written documented plan for the timely and safe transfer of patients to a nearby hospital.

(b) The plan must include arrangements for emergency medical services and appropriate transfer of the patient to the hospital.

(13) Medical record. The physician performing office-based surgery must maintain a legible, complete, comprehensive and accurate medical record for each patient.

(a) The medical record must include:

(i) Identity of the patient;

(ii) History and physical, diagnosis and plan;

(iii) Appropriate lab, X-ray, or other diagnostic reports;

(iv) Appropriate preanesthesia evaluation;

(v) Narrative description of procedure;

(vi) Pathology reports;

(vii) Document which, if any, tissues and other specimens have been submitted for histopathologic diagnosis;

(viii) Provision for continuity of post-operative care;

(ix) Documentation of the outcome and the follow-up plan.

(b) When moderate or deep sedation, or major conduction anesthesia is used, the patient medical record must include a separate anesthesia record that documents:

(i) The type of sedation or anesthesia used;

(ii) Drugs (name and dose) and time of administration;

(iii) Documentation at regular intervals of information obtained from the intraoperative and post-operative monitoring;

(iv) Fluids administered during the procedure;

(v) Patient weight;

(vi) Level of consciousness;

(vii) Estimated blood loss;

(viii) Duration of procedure; and

(ix) Any complication or unusual events related to the procedure or sedation/anesthesia.


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