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Delaware Members Celebrate Signing of Polysomnography Law

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September 24, 2012

Members from the Delaware Society for Respiratory Care (DSRC) were pleased to see Governor Jack Markell sign a new licensing act for polysomnography professionals into law on Sept. 12.

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DSRC President Debbie Marckese, RRT-NPS, who led her organization as it worked closely with polysomngraphy groups in the state to craft the legislation, was on hand for the ceremony.

“This law regulates the practice of polysomnography in Delaware,” says Marckese. “It establishes standards of education, experience, and examination for polysomnographic professionals. The law further establishes a regulated framework and license process for those individuals engaged in the practice to ensure patient safety, access, and quality of care in the field of polysomnography.”

Marckese says she and her colleagues networked with their polysomnography peers to ensure the law would lead to high quality sleep testing for Delaware residents while at the same time guaranteeing that RTs who have long delivered these services in the state may still do so under their own practice act.

“The DSRC was actively involved in the final version of the new law preserving the respiratory therapist’s scope of practice in Delaware,” she says.