Current as of: Dec. 2011
(1) Before assisting with managing patients undergoing radiation therapy treatments or assisting with radiation therapy technology duties as specified in Section 468.302(3)(d), Florida Statutes, a general radiographer must submit the following documents to the department:
(a) An oath or affirmation stating their desire to assist with managing patients undergoing radiation therapy treatments and containing:
1. Their full name, birth date, general radiographer certificate number, mailing address, and phone number.
2. The full name, Florida certificate number, and ARRT registration number of the radiation therapy technologist who the general radiographer will assist.
3. The full name and Florida license number of the physician who will provide general supervision of the general radiographer.
(b) Proof of successful completion of a training program as specified in the Therapy Assistance by General Radiographer Training Program Curriculum dated March 21, 2002, which is herein incorporated by reference and available from the department, of at least 560 clock hours at a radiation therapy school accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.
(2) In addition to the services specifically prohibited in Section 468.302(3)(d), Florida Statutes, the following functions cannot be delegated by the radiation therapy technologist or performed by the general radiographer because they reasonably could be expected to create an unnecessary danger to a patient’s life, health, or safety:
(a) Determination and recording of factors used to calculate monitor units and exposure times.
(b) Calculation of the number of monitor units or exposure times for each prescribed treatment session.
(c) Positioning patients on treatment couch to reproduce set-ups indicated in treatment charts, using positioning aids, field markings, bolus, and immobilization devices.
(d) Positioning treatment machine and accessory equipment to reproduce set-ups indicated by approved treatment plans.
(e) Using wedges, shielding blocks, or compensators according to treatment plans.
(f) Delivering treatment by setting and activating controls on machine console.
(g) Having sole responsibility to monitor patient visually and by intercommunication systems during treatment.
(h) Having sole responsibility to monitor treatment machine console during treatment and to report malfunctions.
(i) Verifying treatment fields by taking portal films.
(j) Reviewing portal films with radiation oncologists for approval or field modifications and initiating field changes as indicated.
(k) Documenting changes in prescribed course of treatment.
(l) Documenting treatment dose in patient charts.
(m) Performing or assisting with the performance of brachytherapy.
Laws implemented by this Rule: Florida Statutes § 468.302
This Rule authorized by: Florida Statutes § 468.303
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