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NO. 107. AN ACT RELATING TO PODIATRY.

(H.187)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 26 V.S.A. § 321(3) is amended to read:

(3) *["Practice of podiatry" means the medical, mechanical, surgical, electrical, manipulation, strapping and bandaging treatment of the ailments pertaining to the human foot, not requiring amputation of the foot or toes. Podiatrists may administer local anesthetics in conjunction with treatment for which they are licensed.]* “Practice of podiatry,” by a podiatric physician, means any medical, mechanical, surgical, electrical, manipulation, strapping or bandaging treatment of the ailments pertaining to the human foot and lower leg distal to the myotendinous junction of the triceps surae. If spinal or general anesthesia is required, it shall be administered by a health care professional regulated under this title who is authorized to administer anesthesia within the scope of his or her practice. In the case of amputations other than toe amputations and in the case of surgical treatment at or above the ankle, the surgical treatment shall be performed only in a general hospital licensed under chapter 43 of Title 18 or a certified ambulatory surgical center as defined in section 9432 of Title 18. For purposes of this section, “ankle” means the joint between the tibia and fibula proximally and the talus distally.

Approved: May 10, 2000