2017 ORS 688.800¹
Definitions for ORS 688.800 to 688.840

As used in ORS 688.800 (Definitions for ORS 688.800 to 688.840) to 688.840 (Immunity from civil liability):

(1) “Polysomnographic technologist” means a person licensed under ORS 688.819 (Polysomnographic technologist license).

(2) “Polysomnography” means the treatment, management, diagnostic testing, education and care of patients with disorders related to sleep. “Polysomnography” includes, but is not limited to:

(a) The use of the following during treatment, management, diagnostic testing, education and care of patients with disorders related to sleep:

(A) Supplemental low-flow oxygen therapy, using up to six liters per minute of oxygen;

(B) Continuous or bilevel positive airway pressure titration on spontaneously breathing patients using a mask or oral appliance, if the mask or oral appliance does not extend into the trachea or attach to an artificial airway;

(C) Capnography;

(D) Cardiopulmonary resuscitation;

(E) Pulse oximetry;

(F) Sleep staging, including surface electroencephalography, surface electrooculography and submental surface electromyography;

(G) Electrocardiography;

(H) Respiratory effort monitoring, including thoracic and abdominal movement monitoring;

(I) Plethysmography blood flow monitoring;

(J) Snore monitoring;

(K) Audio or video monitoring of movement or behavior;

(L) Body movement monitoring;

(M) Nocturnal penile tumescence monitoring, when performed in a facility approved by the Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board;

(N) Nasal and oral airflow monitoring;

(O) Body temperature monitoring; or

(P) Portable monitoring devices and other medical equipment used to treat sleep disorders;

(b) Analyzing data for the purpose of assisting a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders related to sleep;

(c) Implementation and monitoring of durable medical equipment used in the treatment of sleep disorders; and

(d) Educating patients and immediate family members of patients regarding testing and treatment of sleep disorders.

(3) “Qualified medical director for polysomnography” means the medical director of an inpatient or outpatient polysomnography facility who is a physician licensed under ORS chapter 677, has special interest and knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders and is actively practicing in the field of sleep disorders.

(4) “Qualified medical director for respiratory care” means the medical director of any inpatient or outpatient respiratory care service, department or home care agency who is a physician licensed under ORS chapter 677 and who has special interest and knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory problems.

(5) “Respiratory care” means the treatment, management, diagnostic testing, control and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system. “Respiratory care” includes, but is not limited to:

(a) Direct and indirect respiratory care services, including but not limited to the administration of pharmacological, diagnostic and therapeutic agents related to respiratory care procedures necessary to implement a treatment, disease prevention, pulmonary rehabilitative or diagnostic regimen prescribed by a physician;

(b) Transcription and implementation of the written or verbal orders of a physician pertaining to the practice of respiratory care;

(c) Observing and monitoring signs and symptoms, reactions, general behaviors, general physical responses to respiratory care treatment and diagnostic testing, including determination of whether such signs, symptoms, reactions, general behaviors or general physical responses exhibit abnormal characteristics;

(d) Implementation based on observed abnormalities, or appropriate reporting, referral, respiratory care protocols or changes in treatment, pursuant to a prescription by a person authorized to practice medicine under the laws of this state; and

(e) The initiation of emergency procedures under the rules of the board or as otherwise permitted under ORS 688.800 (Definitions for ORS 688.800 to 688.840) to 688.840 (Immunity from civil liability).

(6) “Respiratory care practitioner” means a person licensed under ORS 688.815 (License to practice respiratory care).

(7) “Respiratory care services” means cardiopulmonary care services including, but not limited to, the diagnostic and therapeutic use of the following:

(a) Except for the purpose of anesthesia, administration of medical gases, aerosols and humidification;

(b) Environmental control mechanisms and hyperbaric therapy;

(c) Pharmacologic agents related to respiratory care procedures;

(d) Mechanical or physiological ventilatory support;

(e) Bronchopulmonary hygiene;

(f) Cardiopulmonary resuscitation;

(g) Maintenance of the natural airway;

(h) Maintenance of artificial airways;

(i) Specific diagnostic and testing techniques employed in the medical management of patients to assist in diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and research of pulmonary abnormalities, including measurements of ventilatory volumes, pressures and flows, collection of specimens of blood and blood gases, expired and inspired gas samples, respiratory secretions and pulmonary function testing; and

(j) Hemodynamic and other related physiologic measurements of the cardiopulmonary system. [1997 c.792 §1; 1999 c.885 §32; 2005 c.648 §42; 2011 c.715 §1]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 688—Therapeutic and Technical Services: Physical Therapists; Medica, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors688.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.