DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
[Filed March 17, 1998, 4:25 p.m.]
notice of adoption of interpretive statement
Title: Can a registered nurse caring for laboring women, with adequate training, do the following procedures: Connect an epidural infusion pump and tubing to an epidural catheter, turn the pump on and run an infusion of Bupivicaine and Fentanyl at the rate prescribed by the anesthesiologist, adjust the rate of the infusion on order of the anesthesiologist, and change a bag of fluid with identical premade medication when the prior bag is empty?
Issuing Entity: Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.
Subject: The commission issued an advisory opinion in response to the request from Mary Burroughs, RCN, MSN, Northwest Hospital.
Effective Date: February 12, 1998.
Contact Person: Jeanne E. Vincent, RN, MS, Associate Nurse Practice Manager, Department of Health, Nursing Care Commission, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504-7864, (360) 664-2881.