2022 California Code
Business and Professions Code - BPC
CHAPTER 8.2 - Naturopathic Doctors Act
ARTICLE 4 - Application of Chapter
Section 3640.8.

3640.8. (a) To qualify to administer intravenous (IV) therapy in his or her practice pursuant to Section 3640.7, a naturopathic doctor shall demonstrate that he or she has complied with both of the following requirements:

(1) Has a current naturopathic doctor’s license in this state.

(2) Has completed a qualifying course on IV therapy from a course provider approved by the committee.

(b) The qualifying course shall consist of a minimum of 25 classroom hours on IV administration through injection of applicable naturopathic formulary substances, of which at least 14 classroom hours shall be identified as practicum. At a minimum, the qualifying course shall have covered all of the following topics:

(1) Evaluation of laboratory results, including, but not limited to, the fluid status, cardiovascular status, and kidney function of the patient.

(2) The use of IV fluids, including, but not limited to, osmolarity calculations, diluents, and admixtures pertinent to IV therapeutics.

(3) Sterile techniques and admixing.

(4) Vein and site selection, site preparation, and insertion techniques.

(5) Complications with therapies, nutrient and drug interactions, errors and adverse reactions, reporting errors to appropriate agencies, error prevention, and followup with patient complications.

(6) Emergency protocols, management, and referral.

(7) Pharmacology, indications, preparation, and IV administration of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, glutathione, botanicals and their extracts, homeopathic medicines, electrolytes, sugars, and diluents.

(8) Practicum, including, but not limited to, the following:

(A) Observation of at least 10 IV setups, including administration and management.

(B) Successful completion of at least 10 IV setups, including administration and management.

(9) Successful completion of an examination with 70 percent or greater correct answers to a minimum of 50 questions, where 10 percent or more of the questions have direct content to the California formulary.

(c) For the purposes of the qualifying course required by this section, one classroom hour is defined as 50 minutes out of each 60-minute segment and may include time devoted to examinations. No credit shall be granted for distance education, including, but not limited to, correspondence courses, Internet courses, or video or remote television offerings.

(d) Pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 3640, the committee may establish regulations regarding IV administration that are consistent with the education and training of a naturopathic doctor.

(Added by Stats. 2012, Ch. 333, Sec. 3. (SB 1446) Effective January 1, 2013. Repealed as of January 1, 2027, pursuant to Section 3686.)

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