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49 Pa. Code § 21.15. Monitoring, defibrillating and resuscitating.

§ 21.15. Monitoring, defibrillating and resuscitating.

 The use of monitoring, defibrillating or resuscitating equipment, or a combination of the three, hereinafter called ‘‘therapy,’’ is a proper function of a registered nurse and is a function regulated by this section; the function may not be performed unless all of the following provisions are met:

   (1)  The employer, through written policy, has agreed that the registered nurse may administer the therapy.

   (2)  A committee of licensed physicians and nurses within the employing agency has established written criteria prescribing when the therapy shall be administered by a registered nurse either in the presence or absence of the attending physician.

   (3)  The techniques for administering the therapy have been established by a committee of licensed physicians and registered nurses within the employing agency.

   (4)  The registered nurse has had instruction and supervised practice in administering the therapy.

   (5)  The registered nurse has demonstrated competency in administering the therapy to the satisfaction of the employer.

   (6)  The registered nurse shall have employed the prescribed techniques in administering the therapy in accordance with the established criteria.


   The provisions of this §  21.15 amended November 19, 1970, effective November 20, 1970, 1 Pa.B. 804; amended October 22, 1976, effective October 23, 1976, 6 Pa.B. 2677. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (9691) to (9692).

Cross References

   This section cited in 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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