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Substitute Bill No. 7174

    January Session, 2017

 

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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

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