Speech-Language Pathologists provide diagnostic and treatment services that may call for the use of topical anesthetics to complete certain diagnostic and/or treatment activities. For example, a patient may require the use of a topical anesthetic while undergoing a Fiberoptic Endoscopic Examination of Swallowing (FEES) procedure.
It is the position of the Maryland Board of Examiners that the use of topical anesthetics by speech-language pathologists is within the Speech-Language Pathology Scope of Practice when necessary to complete such procedures.
The following Guidelines have been adopted by the Board for speech-language pathologists to consider when using topical anesthetics:
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