Saturday, May 17, 2014

Physical therapists want to do colonoscopies?


Physical therapists in Illinois were recently informed that they cannot perform acupuncture (which they call dry-needling) by the IL department of professional regulation. In response to this, they have introduced an amendment to their practice act to allow them to perform "invasive, non-surgical techniques". They have no training in acupuncture and that is why the State of IL told them they cannot do it. This amendment does not address that concern, but the real problem is that the wording of this amendment would grant them the ability to do a whole host of procedures for which they are not trained. If they can do "Invasive, non-surgical techniques" then they can give injections (including cortisone and epidurals), draw blood, perform colonoscopies, trans-vaginal ultrasounds, insert urinary catheters and Naso-Gastric (feeding) tubes, and many other procedures for which they are not trained. If you think this is not a good idea, please contact your state senator and representative and ask them to vote "no" to HB 1457 amendment #2. The vote will be soon, so please call or email them today. You can find your representative's contact information here http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

2 comments:

  1. It is not a good idea that on one hand, the government is taking a lot of authorities from the untrained personals and on the other hand also giving them a lot of rights to do whatever they want. I prefer that only a trained acupuncturist must be allowed to practice acupuncture techniques and no one else because cannot allow anyone to play with the lives of the people.

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