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 814.20 - Infection Control

Universal Citation: NH Admin Rules He-P 814.20

Current through Register No. 12, March 21, 2024

(a) The licensee shall develop and implement 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 individuals with infectious or contagious diseases or illnesses who can safely participate in the program;

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

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

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

(1) Cause of infection;

(2) Effect of infections;

(3) Transmission of infections; and

(4) Prevention and containment of infections.

(d) If the CR has an incident of an infectious diseases reported in (b) (5) above, the facility shall contact the public health nurse in the county in which the facility is located and follow the instructions and guidance of the nurse.

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

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

(g) Pursuant to RSA 141-C:1, employees with a newly positive Mantoux tuberculosis skin 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 employee is receiving tuberculosis treatment and has been determined to be non-infectious by a licensed practitioner.

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

(i) In accordance with RSA 151:9-b, the licensee shall:

(1) Arrange for or provide all consenting individuals an immunization for influenza and pneumococcal disease;

(2) Arrange for or provide all consenting employees an immunization for influenza; and

(3) Report immunization data to the department's immunization program as required by He-P 309.02 and He-P 309.08.

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