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Personal Care Assistance

Ventilator support and training

Page posted: 11/04/13

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Legal Authority

Minn. Stat §256B.0659, subd. 2 and 27

Policy

A PCA may assist with tracheostomy suctioning and services to persons dependent on a ventilator if both the following occur:

  • • Registered nurse, certified or licensed respiratory therapist or a physician delegates and trains on the task(s)
  • • Registered nurse as the qualified professional supervises the task(s)
  • The PCA may only perform non-sterile health-related procedures and tasks specific to the person’s need for a ventilator or tracheostomy. PCAs must first receive:

  • • Individualized training about the special needs of the person and
  • • Specialized training about health-related procedures, tasks and equipment including ventilator operation and maintenance
  • All of the following people make the decision to train and approve a PCA to provide support for this health-related task:

  • • Person and/or responsible party
  • • PCA provider agency
  • • Registered nurse as the qualified professional
  • Non-covered services

    Sterile procedures and tasks specific to the need for a ventilator or tracheostomy.

    Recipient Responsibilities

    A person who is ventilator dependent is responsible to:

  • • Assure their health and safety
  • • Choose to have a PCA assist with some of the health-related procedures and tasks
  • • Understand their needs and the equipment or have a responsible party who takes on this role
  • PCA Provider Agency Responsibilities

    The PCA provider agency is required to:

  • • Train all PCAs who will work with a person who is ventilator dependent
  • • Supervise the PCA and person and/or the responsible party in ongoing ventilator operation and maintenance
  • Document the following in the employee’s file and the person’s health record:

  • • Training specific to the employee about the health related tasks, procedures and equipment including ventilator operation and maintenance
  • • Training specific to the employee about the special needs of the person
  • • Ongoing qualified professional supervision by a registered nurse following the required supervision schedule at a minimum
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