Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

File No. 590

    January Session, 2017

Substitute House Bill No. 7174

House of Representatives, April 13, 2017

The Committee on Public Health reported through REP. STEINBERG of the 136th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

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

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

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2017) (a) As used in this section:

(1) "Normal saline" means a nine-tenths of one per cent sodium chloride solution that does not contain additives and is suitable for administration to a hospital patient;

(2) "Prepackaged" means prepared by a pharmacy or a manufacturer in a sterile environment; and

(3) "Peripheral IV" means a peripherally inserted intravenous line.

(b) The flushing of a peripheral IV with prepackaged normal saline may be performed at a hospital by unlicensed hospital personnel responsible for drawing blood and trained under a protocol approved by the hospital. The hospital-approved protocol shall indicate the level of supervision and training required for unlicensed hospital personnel who perform flushing of a peripheral IV and include education about aseptic technique and infection control. The hospital shall document and maintain such protocol at the hospital for not less than two years from the date of implementation of such protocol. The flushing of a peripheral IV with prepackaged normal saline shall not be considered the administration of medication.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2017

New section

PH

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill, which allows the flushing of a peripheral IV with prepackaged normal saline to be performed by certain unlicensed hospital personnel, does not result in a fiscal impact to the state or municipalities.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

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)

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