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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 7174

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 4374

 

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Referred to Committee on PUBLIC HEALTH

 

Introduced by:

 

(PH)

 

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 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 prepackaged peripheral IV. 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

Statement of Purpose:

To allow certain unlicensed hospital personnel to flush a peripheral IV.

[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.]