DAR File No. 39170
This rule was published in the April 1, 2015, issue (Vol. 2015, No. 7) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Health, Disease Control and Prevention, Epidemiology
Injury Reporting Rule
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 39170
Filed: 03/05/2015 08:17:19 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The rule has been amended to include the reporting of all blood lead test results. Currently, only results ?10 micrograms/dL are reportable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lowered their level of concern, for blood lead levels in children, to include blood lead results from 5.0-9.9 micrograms/dL. Laboratories currently reporting to Utah, provide all blood lead test results from children and adults, except one laboratory, only reports ?10 micrograms/dL as per the Injury Reporting Rule. This amendment will assist to gather the additional data from this laboratory and others in the future and provide the continued support needed, to those laboratories currently reporting all blood lead test results. Acquiring these additional blood lead results from laboratories will further enhance the surveillance and epidemiological efforts in Utah.
Summary of the rule or change:
The proposed amendment adds that all blood lead test results be reportable and explains the minimum reporting content, for those blood lead levels <10 micrograms/dL.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 26-1-30
- Section 26-6-3
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
There are no anticipated costs or savings at the state level. Any costs will come out of existing budgets. The Environmental Epidemiology Program (EEP) reviewed the work requirements associated with the reporting of blood lead levels and determined there would be no change in the work efforts for EEP, the Utah Department of Health, or any of our partner agencies. The reporting is automated.
There will be no anticipated costs or savings to local government adding this language to the rule. The EEP reviewed the work requirements associated with the reporting of blood lead levels and determined there would be no change in the work efforts for local health departments or other local governments.
As stated above, all laboratories currently reporting to the Utah Department of Health, report all blood lead test results except for one, the Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp). LabCorp may have anticipated costs or savings by adding this language to the rule. The cost would be associated with any programming changes needed to their report generation system to include all the tests that are reportable under the proposed change.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
None--The EEP reviewed the list of stakeholders and partners and determined there would be no change in the work efforts for partners and stakeholders that are not laboratories.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There will be no anticipated costs or savings to affected persons as a result of adding this language to this rule. Although, laboratories, one (LabCorp) in specific, will need to change their reporting criteria, in their reporting system. This will require a variable value change in their automated report generating information system. The EEP reviewed the work effort resulting from laboratory reporting for all stakeholders and partners and determined no change in the work effort would result from the proposed language change.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
Impact on business will have minimum impact because all labs but one currently reports all test results. The one lab will be impacted as it changes procedure to report all test results.
David Patton, PhD, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Health
Disease Control and Prevention, Epidemiology
CANNON HEALTH BLDG
288 N 1460 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3231
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Sam LeFevre at the above address, by phone at 801-538-6191, by FAX at 801-538-6564, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
David Patton, Executive Director
R386. Health, Disease Control and Prevention, Epidemiology.
R386-703. Injury Reporting Rule.
R386-703-1. Purpose Statement.
(1) The Injury Reporting Rule is adopted under authority of Sections 26-1-30 and 26-6-3.
(2) The Injury Reporting Rule establishes an injury surveillance and reporting system for major injuries occurring in Utah. Injuries constitute a leading cause of death and disability in Utah and, therefore, pose an important risk to public health.
(3) Rule R386-703 is adopted with the intent of identifying causes of major injury which can be reduced or eliminated, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality.
R386-703-2. Injury Definition.
(1) Injury is defined as bodily damage resulting from exposure to physical agents such as mechanical energy, thermal energy, ionizing radiation, or chemicals, or resulting from the deprivation of basic environmental requirements such as oxygen or heat. Mechanical energy injuries include acceleration and deceleration injuries, blunt trauma, and penetrating wound injuries.
R386-703-3. Reportable Injuries.
(1) The Utah Department of Health declares the following injuries to be of concern to the public's health. Each case shall be reported to the Utah Department of Health as described in R386-703-4.
(a) Acute traumatic brain injury. Reportable acute traumatic brain injuries include head injuries of sufficient severity to cause death or to require admission to a hospital. Acute traumatic brain injuries may be associated with transient or persistent neurological dysfunction, and may be diagnosed as brain concussions, brain contusions, or traumatic intracranial hemorrhages.
(b) Acute spinal cord injury. Reportable acute spinal cord injuries include traumatic injuries to the contents of the spinal canal, spinal cord or cauda equina, which result in death or which result in transient or persistent neurological dysfunction of sufficient severity to require hospital admission.
(c) Blunt force injury. Reportable injuries include all blunt force injuries which result in death or which are of sufficient severity to require hospital admission.
(d) Drowning and near drowning. Reportable drownings and near drownings include all water immersion injuries resulting in death and other water immersion injuries of sufficient severity to require hospital admission.
(e) Asphyxiation. Reportable asphyxiations include injuries which arise from atmospheric oxygen deprivation or from traumatic respiratory obstruction which result in death or which are of sufficient severity to require hospital admission.
(f) Burns. Reportable burn injuries include injuries resulting from acute thermal exposure or exposure to fire which result in death or which are of sufficient severity to require hospital admission.
(g) Electrocution. Reportable electrocution injuries include injuries arising from exposure to electricity which result in death or which are of sufficient severity to require hospital admission.
Elevated ]Blood Lead.
[ Reportable c]ases of elevated blood lead levels include all persons with
whole blood lead concentrations equal to or greater than 10
micrograms per deciliter.
(i) Chemical Poisoning. Reportable cases of chemical poisoning include all persons with acute exposure to toxic chemical substances which result in death or which require hospital admission or hospital emergency department evaluation. Unintentional adverse health effects resulting from the use of pharmacological agents as prescribed by physicians do not require reporting under this rule.
(j) Intentional Injuries. Reportable intentional injuries include all cases of suicide or attempted suicide resulting in hospital admission and all cases of homicide, attempted homicide, or battery resulting in hospitalization.
(k) Injuries Related to Substance Abuse. Reportable injuries include all cases of injury resulting in death or hospitalization and associated with alcohol or drug intoxication of any person involved in the injury occurrence.
(l) Traumatic Amputations. Reportable amputations include traumatic amputations of a limb or part of a limb which result in death or which require hospital admission or hospital emergency department treatment. Only amputations resulting in bone loss shall be reported.
R386-703-4. Report Requirements.
1]) Case Report Contents. Unless otherwise specified, each
injury report shall provide the following information pertaining to
the injured person: name, date of birth or age if date of birth is
unknown, sex, address of residence, date of injury, type of injury,
external cause of injury, locale of injury, intentionality,
relation of injury to occupation, disposition of the injured
person, and the individual or agency submitting the report. A
standard report format has been adopted and shall be supplied to
reporting sources by the Department of Health upon request.
2]) Agencies or Individuals Required to Report Injuries. A
reportable injury evaluated or treated at a hospital shall be
reported by that hospital. Reportable injuries not evaluated at a
hospital shall be reported by the involved physician, nurse, other
health care practitioner, medical examiner, or laboratory
3]) Time Requirements. Persons required to report shall
submit their reports to the local health department or the Utah
Department of Health within 60 days of the time of diagnosis or
recognition of injury. In the event of an unusual or excessive
occurrence of injuries which may arise from a continuing or
immediate threat to the public's health, persons required to
report shall immediately report by telephone to the local health
officer or to the Utah Department of Health.
4]) Case Report Destinations. Each case of injury shall be
reported to the Utah Department of Health or to the local health
department responsible for the geographic area where the injury
(a) The local health officer shall forward all original reports to the Utah Department of Health. Local health departments may maintain copies of these reports.
(b) Except as noted in R386-703-4(c), (d) and (e), case reports shall be sent to the Bureau of Epidemiology of the Utah Department of Health.
(c) In fatal cases, submission of completed death certificates to the Bureau of Vital Records fulfills reporting requirements.
(d) In cases evaluated in hospital emergency departments, submission of properly completed hospital emergency department logs to the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services will fulfill reporting requirements, provided that the records are submitted through an electronic medium in a computer database format acceptable to the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.
(e) In cases where reportable injuries listed in R386-703-3 are reported under the requirements of the Utah Health Data Authority Act, 26-33a, the data supplier may notify the Utah Department of Health in writing that information relating to individuals with a reportable injury will be supplied to the Bureau of Epidemiology before the identifying information is removed from the data file. Any data provided in this manner fulfills reporting requirements. If permission is not granted by the data supplier, duplicate reporting is required.
R386-703-5. Special Investigations of Injury.
(1) The Utah Department of Health and local health departments may conduct epidemiologic investigations of injury occurrence. The Utah Department of Health and local health departments may collect additional information pertaining to risk factors, medical condition, and circumstances of injury. Hospitals and other health care providers shall, upon request, provide authorized health personnel the occasion to inspect medical records of reportable injuries. The Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Industrial Commission, Utah Department of Public Safety, and local public safety agencies shall make available to authorized health personnel information on reportable injuries.
R386-703-6. Confidentiality of Reports.
(1) All reports herein required are confidential and are not open to public inspection. The confidentiality of personal information obtained under this rule shall be maintained according to the provisions of Sections 26-6-27 through 26-6-30. Nothing in this rule, however, precludes the discussion of case information with the attending physician or public health workers.
(1) Enforcement provisions and penalties for the violation or for the enforcement of public health rules, including this Injury Reporting Rule, are prescribed under Sections 26-23-3 through 26-23-6.
KEY: rules and procedures, injury
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
January 1, 1997]
Notice of Continuation: March 14, 2011
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 26-1-30
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