section .1200 – criteria and standards for intensive care services
10A NCAC 14C .1201 DEFINITIONS
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.