The general requirements in this Subchapter shall apply when applicable.  In addition, facilities having patients requiring the use of ventilators for more than eight hours a day shall meet the following requirements:

(1)           The facility shall be located within 30 minutes of an acute care facility.

(2)           Respiratory therapy shall be provided and supervised by a respiratory therapist currently registered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.  The respiratory therapist shall:

(a)           make, as a minimum, weekly on‑site assessments of each patient receiving ventilator support with corresponding progress notes;

(b)           be on‑call 24 hours daily; and

(c)           assist the pulmonologist and nursing staff in establishing ventilator policies and procedures, including emergency policies and procedures.

(3)           Direct nursing care staffing shall be in accordance with Rule .3005 of this Section.


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

RRC objection due to lack of statutory authority Eff. July 13, 1995;

Eff. January 1, 1996;

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