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      RS 37:1024     


§1024. Authorized and prohibited functions of medication attendants

           A. The authorized functions of the medication attendant are:

           (1) Deliver and administer medications ordered by a physician or dentist to residents with the supervision of a registered nurse.

           (2) Record in the client's chart doses delivered to and/or administered to the client.

           (3) Chart drug effects and side effects.

           (4) Obtain vital signs as indicated or ordered.

           (5) Deliver pro re nata "PRN", as needed, medications when authorized by a licensed physician, dentist, or registered nurse. This authorization must be documented in writing within twenty-four hours.

           B. The prohibited functions of the medication attendant are:

           (1) May not give medications by intramuscular, intravenous, or subcutaneous routes.

           (2) May not administer medications by the oral inhalant aerosol route unless administering a premeasured dosage unit provided by the manufacturer.

           (3) May not receive or assume responsibility for reducing to writing oral or telephone orders from a physician.

           (4) May not alter medication dosages as delivered from the pharmacy, unless authorized by a physician or dentist.

           (5) May not administer medication in an acute care unit funded or operated by the Louisiana Department of Health and/or the Department of Children and Family Services.

           Acts 1976, No. 558, §1; Acts 1977, No. 684, §9; Acts 1990, No. 175, §1; Acts 1991, No. 877, §1.

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