10A NCAC 14C .3401      DEFINITIONS

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

(1)           "Approved burn intensive care unit" means a burn intensive care unit which was not operational prior to the beginning of the review period but which had been issued a certificate of need or had been developed prior to March 18, 1993 in accordance with 1993 N.C. Sess. Laws c. 7, s. 12.

(2)           "Burn care technician" means:

(a)           a licensed practical nurse;

(b)           an operating room technician;

(c)           an operating room corpsman; or

(d)           a high school graduate with basic nurse aide training who has received special education or experience in burn treatment care.

(3)           "Burn intensive care services" as defined in G.S. 131E-176(2b).

(4)           "Burn intensive care service area" means a geographic area defined by the applicant from which the patients to be admitted to the unit will originate.

(5)           "Burn intensive care unit" means a designated area within a hospital dedicated to the provision of burn intensive care services to severely burned patients.

(6)           "Burn specialist" means a registered nurse who possesses experience in general nursing and experience in or knowledge of intensive nursing care and burn treatment care.

(7)           "Existing burn intensive care unit" means a burn intensive care unit in operation prior to the beginning of the review period.

(8)           "Severely burned patient" means a patient that has burns covering more than 20 percent of the body area or that has burns which require intensive treatment, such as, but not limited to: inhalation injuries; chemical and electrical burns; burns with complications, such as fractures; burns to the face; full thickness burns to the hands and feet; burns on patients whose pre-burned health was known to be poor, such as patients with diabetes or heart disease; and, burns on patients who are under 5 and over 60 years of age.


History Note:        Filed as a Temporary Adoption Eff. September 1, 1993 for a period of 180 days or until the permanent rule becomes effective, whichever is sooner;

Authority G.S. 131E-177(1); 131E-183;

Eff. January 4, 1994;

Amended Eff. November 1, 1996.