OLR Bill Analysis

sHB-7174

AN ACT ALLOWING CERTAIN HOSPITAL PERSONNEL TO ADMINISTER A SALINE FLUSH TO AN INTRAVENOUS LINE.

SUMMARY

This bill allows unlicensed hospital personnel to flush a peripherally inserted intravenous line (“peripheral IV”) with prepackaged normal saline. The unlicensed personnel must be responsible for drawing blood and trained under a hospital-approved protocol that (1) indicates the level of training and supervision needed to perform the task and (2) includes education about aseptic technique and infection control. The hospital must document and maintain the protocol for at least two years after it is implemented.

Under the bill, flushing a peripheral IV with prepackaged normal saline is not considered medication administration.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

24

Nay

2

(03/27/2017)