section .1200 criteria and standards for intensive care services



The definitions in this Rule shall apply to all rules in this Section:

(1) "Intensive care services" means those services provided by an acute care hospital to patients with a wide variety of illnesses of a life-threatening nature, including patients with highly unstable conditions which require sophisticated medical and surgical intervention and a high level of nursing care and those patients which require continuous, comprehensive observation.

(2) "Intensive care unit" means a separate self-sufficient entity which has all supplies, equipment, and staff necessary to offer intensive care services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The term does not include post-operative recovery rooms, post-delivery rooms, or emergency observation units.


History Note: Authority G.S. 131E-177(1); 131E-183(b);

Eff. January 4, 1994.