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§16-5O-3. Administration of medications; performance of health maintenance tasks; maintenance of liability insurance in facilities.

(a) The secretary shall continue a program for the administration of medications and performance of health maintenance tasks in locations covered by this article. The program shall be developed and conducted in cooperation with the appropriate agencies, advisory bodies and boards.

(b) Administration of medication or performance of health maintenance tasks shall be performed only by:

(1) Licensed health care professionals; or

(2) Facility staff members who have been trained and retrained every two years and who are subject to the supervision of and approval by an authorized registered professional nurse.

(c) After assessing the health status of an individual resident, a registered professional nurse, in collaboration with the resident's health care professional and the facility staff member, may recommend that the facility authorize a facility staff member to administer medication or perform health maintenance tasks if the staff member:

(1) Has been trained pursuant to the requirements of this article;

(2) Is considered by the authorized registered professional nurse to be competent;

(3) Consults with the authorized registered professional nurse on a regular basis; and

(4) Is monitored or supervised by the authorized registered professional nurse.

(d) An agency or facility employing personnel for the purposes of supervising the administration of medication or the performance of health maintenance tasks shall maintain liability insurance for the licensed health care provider, any facility staff member who has been trained and is employed to administer medication or perform health maintenance tasks and if applicable the health care provider's collaborative supervising physician.

(e) Nothing in this article may be construed to prohibit any facility staff member from administering medications or performing health maintenance tasks, or providing any other prudent emergency assistance to aid any person who is in acute physical distress or requires emergency assistance.

(f) Supervision of self-administration of medication by facility staff members who are not licensed health care professionals may be permitted in certain circumstances, when the substantial purpose of the setting is other than the provision of health care.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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