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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 7222

January Session, 2007

 

LCO No. 4489

 

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Referred to Committee on Public Health

 

Introduced by:

 

(PH)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING USE OF UNLICENSED ASSISTIVE PERSONNEL IN RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 19a-495a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

On or before [July 1, 2000] October 1, 2007, the Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to allow unlicensed personnel in residential care homes, as defined in section 19a-490, to obtain certification for the administration of medication. For purposes of this section, administration of medication includes (1) obtaining and documenting residents' blood pressures, weights and temperatures with digital medical instruments that (A) contain internal decision-making electronics, microcomputers or special software that allow the instruments to interpret physiologic signals, and (B) do not require the user to employ any discretion or judgment in their use; and (2) assisting residents in the use of glucose monitors to obtain and document their blood glucose levels. The regulations shall establish training requirements, including on-going training requirements, that include, but are not limited to: Initial orientation, [resident] residents' rights, behavioral management, personal care, nutrition and food safety, [and] health and safety in general and administration of medication.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

19a-495a

Statement of Purpose:

To allow unlicensed assistive personnel in residential care homes to use digital medical instruments to perform certain limited health-related tasks upon residents.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]