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WAC 246-854-230

Nonsurgical medical cosmetic procedures.

(1) The purpose of this rule is to establish the duties and responsibilities of an osteopathic physician assistant who injects medication or substances for cosmetic purposes or uses prescription devices for cosmetic purposes. These procedures can result in complications such as visual impairment, blindness, inflammation, burns, scarring, disfiguration, hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation. The performance of these procedures is the practice of medicine under RCW 18.57.001.
(2) This section does not apply to:
(a) Surgery;
(b) The use of prescription lasers, noncoherent light, intense pulsed light, radiofrequency, or plasma as applied to the skin; this is covered in WAC 246-853-630 and 246-854-220;
(c) The practice of a profession by a licensed health care professional under methods or means within the scope of practice permitted by such license;
(d) The use of nonprescription devices; and
(e) Intravenous therapy.
(3) Definitions. These definitions apply throughout this section unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(a) "Nonsurgical medical cosmetic procedure" means a procedure or treatment that involves the injection of a medication or substance for cosmetic purposes, or the use of a prescription device for cosmetic purposes.
(b) "Physician" means an individual licensed under chapter 18.57 RCW.
(c) "Physician assistant" means an individual licensed under chapter 18.57A RCW.
(d) "Prescription device" means a device that the federal Food and Drug Administration has designated as a prescription device, and can be sold only to persons with prescriptive authority in the state in which they reside.
physician assistant responsibilities
(4) An osteopathic physician assistant may perform a nonsurgical medical cosmetic procedure only after the board approves a delegation agreement permitting the osteopathic physician assistant to perform such procedures. An osteopathic physician assistant must ensure that the supervising or sponsoring osteopathic physician is in full compliance with WAC 246-853-640.
(5) An osteopathic physician assistant may not perform a nonsurgical medical cosmetic procedure unless his or her supervising or sponsoring osteopathic physician is fully and appropriately trained to perform that same procedure.
(6) Prior to performing a nonsurgical medical cosmetic procedure, an osteopathic physician assistant must have appropriate training in, at a minimum:
(a) Techniques for each procedure;
(b) Cutaneous medicine;
(c) Indications and contraindications for each procedure;
(d) Preprocedural and postprocedural care;
(e) Recognition and acute management of potential complications that may result from the procedure; and
(f) Infectious disease control involved with each treatment.
(7) The osteopathic physician assistant must keep a record of his or her training in the office and available for review upon request by a patient or a representative of the board.
(8) Prior to performing a nonsurgical medical cosmetic procedure, either the osteopathic physician assistant or the delegating osteopathic physician must:
(a) Take a history;
(b) Perform an appropriate physical examination;
(c) Make an appropriate diagnosis;
(d) Recommend appropriate treatment;
(e) Obtain the patient's informed consent including disclosing the credentials of the person who will perform the procedure;
(f) Provide instructions for emergency and follow-up care; and
(g) Prepare an appropriate medical record.
(9) The osteopathic physician assistant must ensure that there is a written office protocol for performing the nonsurgical medical cosmetic procedure. A written office protocol must include, at a minimum, the following:
(a) A statement of the activities, decision criteria, and plan the osteopathic physician assistant must follow when performing procedures under this rule;
(b) Selection criteria to screen patients for the appropriateness of treatment;
(c) A description of appropriate care and follow-up for common complications, serious injury, or emergencies; and
(d) A statement of the activities, decision criteria, and plan the osteopathic physician assistant must follow if performing a procedure delegated by an osteopathic physician pursuant to WAC 246-853-640, including the method for documenting decisions made and a plan for communication or feedback to the authorizing physician concerning specific decisions made.
(10) An osteopathic physician assistant may not delegate the performance of a nonsurgical medical cosmetic procedure to another individual.
(11) An osteopathic physician assistant may perform a nonsurgical medical cosmetic procedure that uses a medication or substance, whether or not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for the particular purpose for which it is used, so long as the osteopathic physician assistant's sponsoring or supervising osteopathic physician is on-site.
(12) An osteopathic physician assistant must ensure that each treatment is documented in the patient's medical record.
(13) An osteopathic physician assistant may not sell or give a prescription device to an individual who does not possess prescriptive authority in the state in which the individual resides or practices.
(14) An osteopathic physician assistant must ensure that all equipment used for procedures covered by this section is inspected, calibrated, and certified as safe according to the manufacturer's specifications.
(15) An osteopathic physician assistant must participate in a quality assurance program required of the supervising or sponsoring physician under WAC 246-853-640.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.57.005, 18.57A.020, 18.57A.040, 18.130.050, and 2013 c 203. WSR 15-03-013, § 246-854-230, filed 1/8/15, effective 2/8/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.57.005, 18.57A.020, and 18.130.050(4). WSR 11-08-024, § 246-854-230, filed 3/31/11, effective 5/1/11.]
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