A dialysis technician is authorized to perform the following, under the direct supervision of a registered professional nurse or a licensed physician:
(1) Preparation and initiation of dialysis access sites;
(2) Initiating, delivering or discontinuing dialysis care; and
(3) Administration of the following medications only:
(A) Heparin to prime the pump, initiate treatment or for administration throughout the treatment, in an amount prescribed by a physician or other authorized practitioner. This may be done intravenously, peripherally via a fistula needle or in another clinically acceptable manner;
(B) Normal saline via the dialysis extra corporeal circuit as needed throughout the dialysis procedure; and
(C) Intradermal anesthetic in an amount prescribed by a physician or other authorized practitioner;
(4) Obtaining a blood specimen via the dialysis extra corporeal circuit or a peripheral access site;
(5) Reporting changes that arise in conjunction with dialysis care to the registered nurse or physician; and
(6) Engaging in other acts as delegated by the registered nurse or physician in order to provide dialysis care.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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