North Carolina Administrative Code
Title 10A - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Chapter 41 - EPIDEMIOLOGY HEALTH
Subchapter A - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL
41A .0212 - [Effective until 8/28/2021]HANDLING AND TRANSPORTATION OF BODIES

Universal Citation: 10A NC Admin Code 41A .0212

41A .0212. [Effective until 8/28/2021]HANDLING AND TRANSPORTATION OF BODIES

(a) Persons handling the body of any person who has died shall comply with the standard precautions for all patient care published by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which are hereby incorporated by reference, including any subsequent amendments and editions, and available free of charge at: https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/basics/standard-precautions.html.

(b) It shall be the duty of the physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner attending to any person who dies and is known to be infected with HIV, plague, hepatitis B, or COVID-19 or any person who dies and is known or reasonably suspected to be infected with smallpox, rabies, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), or Jakob-Creutzfeldt to provide written, verbal, or electronic notification to individuals handling the body of the proper precautions to prevent infection, as set forth in Paragraphs (d), (e), and (f) of this Rule. This written, verbal, or electronic notification shall be provided to the funeral service director, funeral service worker, or body transporter at the time the body is removed from any hospital, nursing home, or other health care facility. When the patient dies in a location other than a health care facility, the physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner shall notify the funeral service director, funeral service worker, or body transporter of the precautions required as soon as the physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner becomes aware of the death. These precautions are noted in Paragraphs (d), (e), and (f) of this Rule. The duty to notify shall be considered met if performed by one of the following individuals:

(1) the physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner attending to the person who died; or

(2) a designated representative of the physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner.

(c) It shall also be the duty of a medical examiner with jurisdiction pursuant to G.S. 130A-383 over the body of any person who dies and is known to be infected with COVID-19 to provide written, verbal, or electronic notification to the funeral service director, funeral service worker, or body transporter at the time the body is removed from medical examiner custody of the proper precautions to prevent infection, as set forth in Paragraph (f) of this Rule. These precautions are noted in Paragraph (f) of this Rule. The duty to notify shall be considered met if performed by a designated representative of the medical examiner.

(d) The body of any person who died and is known or reasonably suspected to be infected with smallpox or severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or any person who died and is known to be infected with plague shall not be embalmed. The body shall be enclosed in a sealed outer case that will prevent leakage or escape of odors as soon as possible after death and before the body is removed from the hospital room, home, building, or other premises where the death occurred. This case shall not be reopened except with the consent of the local health director. Nothing in this Paragraph shall prohibit cremation.

(e) Persons handling the body of any person who died and is known to be infected with HIV or hepatitis B or any person who died and is known or reasonably suspected to be infected with Jakob-Creutzfeldt or rabies shall be provided written, verbal, or electronic notification to observe blood and body fluid precautions.

(f) Persons handling the body of any person who died and is known to be infected with COVID-19 shall be provided written, verbal, or electronic notification to observe the COVID-19 guidance for funeral home workers published by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is hereby incorporated by reference, including any subsequent amendments or editions, and available free of charge at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/funeral-faqs.html.

(Emergency Amended by North Carolina Register Volume 35, Issue 08, October 15, 2020 effective September 25, 2020. Temporary Adopted by North Carolina Register Volume 35, Issue 12, December 15, 2020 effective December 1, 2020.)
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