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PDFWAC 246-834-250

Legend drugs and devices.

A licensed midwife shall have a procedure, policy or guideline for the use of each legend drug and device. A midwife may not administer a legend drug or use a legend device for which they are not qualified by education, training, and experience.
(1) A licensed midwife may purchase and use legend drugs and devices as follows:
(a) Dopplers, syringes, needles, phlebotomy equipment, sutures, urinary catheters, intravenous equipment, amnihooks, airway suction devices, electronic fetal monitors, tocodynamometer monitors, oxygen and associated equipment, glucose monitoring systems and testing strips, neonatal pulse oximetry equipment, hearing screening equipment, centrifuges, and nasopharyngeal or nasal swabs for appropriate testing;
(b) Nitrous oxide as an analgesic, self-administered inhalant in a 50 percent blend with oxygen, and associated equipment, including a scavenging system;
(c) Ultrasound machine used in the real time ultrasound of pregnant uterus for the confirmation of viability, first trimester dating, third trimester presentation, placental location, and amniotic fluid assessment; and
(d) Neonatal and adult resuscitation equipment and medication, including airway devices and epinephrine for neonates.
(2) Pharmacies may issue breast pumps, compression stockings and belts, maternity belts, diaphragms and cervical caps, glucometers and testing strips, iron supplements, prenatal vitamins, and recommended vaccines as specified in subsection (3)(e) through (j) of this section ordered by licensed midwives.
(3) In addition to prophylactic ophthalmic medication, postpartum oxytocic, vitamin K, Rho (D) immune globulin, and local anesthetic medications as listed in RCW 18.50.115, licensed midwives may obtain and administer the following medications:
(a) Intravenous fluids limited to Lactated Ringers, 5% Dextrose with Lactated Ringers, and 0.9% sodium chloride;
(b) Sterile water for intradermal injections for pain relief;
(c) Magnesium sulfate for prevention of maternal seizures pending transport;
(d) Epinephrine for use in maternal anaphylaxis and resuscitation and neonatal resuscitation, pending transport;
(e) Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine to nonimmune postpartum women;
(f) Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine for use in pregnancy;
(g) Hepatitis B (HBV) birth dose for any newborn administration;
(h) HBIG and HBV for any neonates born to hepatitis B+ mothers;
(i) Influenza vaccine for use in pregnancy;
(j) Any vaccines recommended by the CDC advisory committee on immunization practices for pregnant or postpartum people or infants in the first two weeks after birth, as it existed on the effective date of this section;
(k) Terbutaline to temporarily decrease contractions pending emergent intrapartal transport;
(l) Antibiotics for intrapartum prophylaxis of Group B beta hemolytic Streptococcus (GBS) per current CDC guidelines; and
(m) Antihemorrhagic drugs to control postpartum hemorrhage including, but not limited to, intravenous tranexamic acid, oxytocin, misoprostol, methylergonovine maleate (oral or intramuscular), and prostaglandin F2 alpha.
(4) The client's records must contain documentation of all medications administered.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135, 18.50.115, 18.50.060, and 2020 c 76. WSR 22-13-079, § 246-834-250, filed 6/10/22, effective 7/11/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.135 and 18.50.115. WSR 19-15-005, § 246-834-250, filed 7/5/19, effective 8/5/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.115. WSR 05-06-118, § 246-834-250, filed 3/2/05, effective 4/2/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.040. WSR 91-02-049 (Order 121), recodified as § 246-834-250, filed 12/27/90, effective 1/31/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.50.040(3) and 18.50.115. WSR 88-12-040 (Order PM 732), § 308-115-250, filed 5/27/88.]
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