2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:911 - Administration of medication; definitions; conditions; restrictions

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 15:911 (2018)

§911. Administration of medication; definitions; conditions; restrictions

A. As used in this Section:

(1) "Administer" or "administration" means the giving of either an oral, pre-measured dose inhalant or topical ointment medication to a patient.

(2) "Detention facility" means any juvenile detention facility, shelter care facility, or other juvenile detention facility.

(3) "Medication" means any prescription or nonprescription drug.

B. No employee other than a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, or licensed medical physician shall be required to administer medication to a child at a detention facility until all the following conditions have been met:

(1) The Department of Public Safety and Corrections and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing have jointly promulgated rules which specifically establish the procedure to be followed for the administration of medication at each detention facility and which at a minimum provide that:

(a) No medication shall be administered to any child without an order from a person with prescriptive authority in the state of Louisiana or an adjacent state.

(b) No medication shall be administered to any child unless it is provided to the detention facility in a container that meets acceptable pharmaceutical standards.

(c) The medication container shall contain clear instructions identifying the child's name, RX number if any, date, frequency, name of the medication, dosage, route, and the name of the person who prescribed the medication.

(2) At least two employees assigned to each facility have received not less than six hours of training in the administration of medication, including general and child-specific training, from a registered nurse, a licensed medical physician, or both.

(3) A registered nurse or licensed medical physician approved by the department has assessed the health status of the specific child and has determined that, according to the legal standards of the respective licensed health professional when performing such procedure, the administration of medication can be safely performed by and delegated to someone who has received documented training with documented competence other than a licensed health professional.

(4) A registered nurse or a licensed medical physician approved by the department has reviewed the authorized prescriber's order and has determined that the administration of medication can be safely performed by and delegated to someone who has received documented training with documented competence other than a licensed health professional.

C. Individuals who are required to administer medication and have been trained according to the provisions of this Section may not decline to perform such service at the time indicated, except as exempted for reasons as noted in writing by the licensed medical physician or the registered nurse. The reasons for such exemptions shall be documented and certified by the licensed medical physician or the registered nurse within seventy-two hours of the request for the exemption.

D. Any employee shall have the right to request that another employee be present while he is administering the medication to a child to serve as a witness. After making such a request, the employee shall not be required to administer the medicine without such a witness.

E. In the absence of the training program as provided in this Section, no detention facility shall require any employee assigned to the facility other than a registered nurse or licensed medical physician to administer medication.

F. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, nothing shall prohibit the application of an injectable medication in a life-threatening situation by an employee of a juvenile detention facility who is trained in the administration of injectable medication.

Acts 2001, No. 502, §1.

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