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Bill Detail: HB20-1283

 

Title Administration Of Inhaler For Respiratory Distress
Status House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/05/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
  • Public Health
House Sponsors J. Buckner (D)
Senate Sponsors N. Todd (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/04/2020
Description

The bill amends existing law relating to the administration of
epinephrine auto-injectors to include permitting public schools to obtain
a stock supply of inhalers containing albuterol (inhaler) that the school
nurse or trained school personnel may administer to a student who the
school nurse or trained personnel believe is experiencing respiratory
distress. Persons administering an inhaler must complete training on

administering an inhaler and on recognizing symptoms of respiratory
distress.
The state board of education, with assistance from the department
of public health and environment, shall promulgate rules for the
administration of inhalers to students, including education and training
necessary for personnel administering inhalers.
The inhalers may be obtained and used through standing orders
and protocols issued by a licensed physician and other medical personnel
with prescriptive authority. Schools may seek monetary donations to
purchase inhalers and may enter into arrangements with manufacturers
and suppliers to obtain inhalers at reduced prices or for free.
If a school district acts consistent with the law and does not engage
in willful or wanton conduct that causes damages, the school, school
district, and school employees are immune from civil liability for any
damages related to administering the inhaler to a student who was
believed to be in respiratory distress.
In addition, the bill amends existing law relating to the
administration of epinephrine auto-injectors outside of school settings to
include permitting authorized entities, such as recreation camps,
amusement parks, and sports arenas, to obtain a stock supply of inhalers
containing albuterol to administer to persons believed to be in respiratory
distress. Persons administering the inhalers for authorized entities must
complete training on administering an inhaler and on recognizing
symptoms of respiratory distress.
The inhalers may be obtained and used through standing orders
and protocols issued by a licensed physician and other medical personnel
with prescriptive authority. Authorized entities may seek monetary
donations to purchase inhalers.
If an authorized entity acts consistent with the law and does not
engage in willful or wanton conduct that causes damages, the authorized
entity and its employees are immune from criminal liability or civil suit
for any damages related to administering the inhaler to a person who was
believed to be in respiratory distress.
A physician, school nurse, pharmacist, and other medical
personnel acting in accordance with the law are not subject to discipline
by a licensing board for either administering an inhaler in a school or for
prescribing inhalers for a school or a designated entity.

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