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Developmental Disabilities Services Division
P.O. Box 25352
Oklahoma City, OK  73125
(405) 521-3571 

February 11, 2010

Provider Letter #10-03 MAT curriculum

Dear Provider:

This letter is to clarify the routes of medication administration that are authorized for use by staff who have been certified to administer medications.

OKDHS policy 340:100-3-38 (b)(l) states that the Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) Director of Human Resource Development approves training courses and curriculum, including medication administration curriculum. In addition, provider agencies establish written policies that assure compliance with OAC 340:100-3-38.10, Medication Administration Training, and with applicable federal and state laws. Section 1020 of Title 56 of the Oklahoma Statutes was amended effective November I, 2005, and sets out the routine routes that certified staff administering medications are authorized to use. The routes are - oral, rectal, vaginal, otic (ear), ophthalmic (eye), nasal, skin, topical, transdermal (absorbed through the skin) and by gastrostomy tube. Please note the administration of medication through an injection is not included as a permitted route.

DDSD and the Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center for the Career Technology Centers are developing a new medication administration course specific to DDSD requirements. The new curriculum goes into detail about the approved routes of administration and identifies the specific routes that must be administered only by a licensed professional. Until the new curriculum becomes available, current medication administration instructors must ensure that staff administering medications are familiar with the routes permitted by statute. We recommend that agencies conducting approved medication administration training for their own staff review the curriculum as well as applicable policies and procedures with the instructor to ensure adequate emphasis on permissible routes and that injections are not included.

We appreciate your efforts in assuring that medications are administered in the safest manner possible. If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Clark, DDSD Director of Nursing at (405) 522-0601 or Michaela Bishop, DDSD Director of Human Resource Development, at (405) 521-6264.


James M. Nicholson, Director
Developmental Disabilities Services Division

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