(a)  Each facility shall develop and implement a Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) policy.

(b)  The policy shall be communicated to all residents or their responsible party prior to admission.

(c)  Upon admission each resident or his or her responsible party must acknowledge in writing having received a copy of the policy.

(d)  The policy shall designate an outside emergency medical service provider to be immediately notified whenever an emergency occurs.

(e)  The policy shall designate the level of CPR that is available using terminology defined by the American Heart Association.  American Heart Association terminology is as follows:

(1)           Heartsaver CPR;

(2)           Heartsaver Automatic External Defibrillator (AED);

(3)           Basic Life Support (BLS); or

(4)           Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

(f)  The facility shall maintain staff on duty 24 hours a day trained by someone with valid certification from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross capable of providing CPR at the level stated in the policy.  The facility shall maintain a record in the personnel file of each staff person who has received CPR training.

(g)  The facility shall have equipment readily available as required to deliver services stated in the policy.

(h)  The facility shall provide training for staff members who are responsible for providing CPR with regards to the location of resources and measures for self- protection while administering CPR.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131E‑104;

Eff. October 1, 2006;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. March 22, 2015.