Each emergency department shall establish written policies and procedures which specify the scope and conduct of patient care to be provided in the emergency areas.  They shall include the following:

(1)           the location, storage, and procurement of medications, blood, supplies, equipment and the procedures to be followed in the event of equipment failure;

(2)           the initial management of patients with burns, hand injuries, head injuries, fractures, multiple injuries, poisoning, animal bites, gunshot or stab wounds and other acute problems;

(3)           the provision of care to an unemancipated minor not accompanied by a parent or guardian, or to an unaccompanied unconscious patient;

(4)           management of alleged or suspected child, elder or adult abuse;

(5)           the management of pediatric emergencies;

(6)           the initial management of patients with actual or suspected exposure to radiation;

(7)           management of alleged or suspected rape victims;

(8)           the reporting of individuals dead on arrival to the proper authorities;

(9)           the use of standing orders;

(10)         tetanus and rabies prevention or prophylaxis; and

(11)         the dispensing of medications in accordance with state and federal laws.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131E-79;

Eff. January 1, 1996.