New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules
He - Department of Health and Human Services
Subtitle He-P - Former Division of Public Health Services
Section He-P 810.20 - Infection Control

Universal Citation: NH Admin Rules He-P 810.20

Current through Register No. 12, March 21, 2024

(a) The birthing center shall appoint an individual who will oversee the development and implementation of an infection control program that educates and provides procedures for the prevention, control, and investigation of infectious and communicable diseases.

(b) The infection control program shall include written procedures for:

(1) Proper hand washing techniques;

(2) The utilization of universal precautions;

(3) The management of clients with infectious or contagious diseases or illnesses;

(4) The handling, storage, transportation, and disposal of those items identified as infectious waste in Env-Sw 904; and

(5) The reporting of infectious and communicable diseases as required by He-P 301.

(c) The infection control education program shall address at a minimum the:

(1) Causes of infection;

(2) Effects of infections;

(3) Transmission of infections; and

(4) Prevention and containment of infections.

(d) Personnel infected with a disease or illness transmissible through food, formites or droplets, shall not work in food service or provide direct care in any capacity until they are no longer contagious.

(e) Personnel with a newly positive TB test or a diagnosis of suspected active pulmonary or laryngeal tuberculosis shall be excluded from the workplace until a diagnosis of tuberculosis is excluded or until the person is receiving tuberculosis treatment and has been determined to be noninfectious by an authorized medical professional.

(f) Personnel with an open wound who participate in food preparation or service or provide direct care in any capacity shall cover the wound at all times by an impermeable, durable, tight fitting bandage.

(g) Personnel infected with scabies or lice shall not provide direct care to clients or work in food services until such time as they are no longer infected.

(h) If the licensee accepts a client who is known to have a disease reportable under He-P 301 or an "infectious disease," which means any disease caused by the growth of microorganisms in the body which might or might not be contagious, the licensee shall provide the required procedures and personnel training for the care of the clients, as specified by United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "2007 Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings" (June 2007 edition), available as noted in Appendix A.

#8957, eff 7-27-07

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