10A NCAC 13c .1401      OPERATING SUITE

The size and design of the suite shall be in accordance with individual programs, but the following basic elements designed to ensure no flow of through traffic must be incorporated in all facilities:

(1)           Operating Room(s). The number shall depend on the projected case load and types of procedures to be performed. Rooms used for surgery shall have adequate space to accommodate necessary equipment and personnel.

(2)           Service Areas. The following supporting services shall be provided:

(a)           scrub‑up facilities with foot or knee controls;

(b)           personnel locker and dressing areas so located that personnel enter from uncontrolled areas and exit directly into a surgical suite. Locker space shall be provided for each employee; and a toilet, shower, and dressing area shall be provided in each personnel dressing room;

(c)           separate rooms for clean and for soiled supplies and equipment;

(d)           anesthesia workroom;

(e)           one clerical‑control station; and

(f)            a janitor's closet conveniently located to serve only the licensed facility.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131E‑149;

Eff. October 14, 1978;

Amended Eff. December 24, 1979;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. December 23, 2017.