Prescription Meds for Diagnostics
Question: An employee is pushing/guiding an 8 foot section of plastic pipe that is being moved with a crane when the sling fails and whips the employee in the face. At the hospital, an optometrist uses prescription eye drops to better evaluate whether or not there was damage to the eye. Is it recordable?
Answer: NO. The administering of prescription medications used solely for diagnostic purposes is not considered recordable.
1904.7(b)(5)(i) What is the definition of medical treatment? "Medical treatment" means the management and care of a patient to combat disease or disorder. For the purposes of Part 1904, medical treatment does not include:
1904.7(b)(5)(i)(A) Visits to a physician or other licensed health care professional solely for observation or counseling;
1904.7(b)(5)(i)(B) The conduct of diagnostic procedures, such as x-rays and blood tests, including the administration of prescription medications used solely for diagnostic purposes (e.g., eye drops to dilate pupils); or
1904.7(b)(5)(i)(C) "First aid" as defined in paragraph (b)(5)(ii) of this section.