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49 Pa. Code § 21.12. Venipuncture; intravenous fluids.

§ 21.12. Venipuncture; intravenous fluids.

 Performing of venipuncture and administering and withdrawing intravenous fluids are functions regulated by this section, and these functions may not be performed unless:

   (1)  The procedure has been ordered in writing for the patient by a licensed doctor of the healing arts.

   (2)  The registered nurse who performs venipunctures has had instruction and supervised practice in performing venipunctures.

   (3)  The registered nurse who administers parenteral fluids, drugs or blood has had instruction and supervised practice in administering parenteral fluids, blood or medications into the vein.

   (4)  A list of medications which may be administered by the registered nurse is established and maintained by a committee of physicians, pharmacists and nurses from the employing agency or the agency within whose jurisdiction the procedure is being performed if no employing agency is involved.

   (5)  The intravenous fluid or medication to be administered is the fluid or medication specified in the written order.

   (6)  The blood is identified as the blood ordered for the patient.

   (7)  An accurate record is made concerning the following:

     (i)   The time of the injection.

     (ii)   The medication or fluid injected.

     (iii)   The amount of medication or fluid injected.

     (iv)   Reactions to the fluid.


   The provisions of this §  21.12 amended October 22, 1976, effective October 23, 1976, 6 Pa.B. 2677; amended September 16, 1983, effective September 17, 1983, 13 Pa.B. 2829. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (47492) and (44732).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  21.412 (relating to interpretations regarding venipuncture, intravenous fluids, resuscitation and respiration—statement of policy); 49 Pa. Code §  21.413 (relating to interpretations regarding the administration of drugs—statement of policy); and 49 Pa. Code §  21.803 (relating to applicability of rules relating to professional nurses).

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