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Business and Professions Code - BPC

DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 - 4999.129]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. )

CHAPTER 10. Psychiatric Technicians [4500 - 4548]

  ( Chapter 10 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1851. )

ARTICLE 1. Generally [4500 - 4509.5]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1851. )


(a) A psychiatric technician, when prescribed by a physician and surgeon, may perform the following activities on a patient with a mental illness or developmental disability:

(1) Tuberculin, coccidioidin, and histoplasmin skin tests, providing the administration is within the course of a tuberculosis control program.

(2) Immunization techniques, providing the administration is upon the standing orders of a supervising physician and surgeon or pursuant to written guidelines adopted by a hospital or medical group with whom the supervising physician and surgeon is associated.

(b) In performing activities pursuant to subdivision (a), the psychiatric technician shall satisfactorily demonstrate competence in all of the following:

(1) Administering the testing or immunization agents, including knowledge of all indications and contraindications for the administration of the agents.

(2) Recognizing any emergency reactions to the agent that constitute a danger to the health or life of the patient.

(3) Treating those emergency reactions by using procedures, medication, and equipment within the scope of practice of the psychiatric technician.

(Added by Stats. 1997, Ch. 720, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 1998.)