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R432. Health, Family Health and Preparedness, Licensing.

Rule R432-300. Small Health Care Facility - Type N.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

Table of Contents

R432-300-1. Legal Authority.

This rule is adopted pursuant to Title 26, Chapter 21.

R432-300-2. Purpose.

The purpose of this rule is to establish standards for protection of the health, safety, and welfare of individuals who receive nursing care in privately owned homes.

R432-300-3. Time for Compliance.

All facilities governed by these rules shall be in full compliance at the time of licensing.

R432-300-4. Definitions.

(1) Refer to common definitions R432-1-3, in addition;

(2) Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) refers to certification issued after completion of a course that is consistent with the most current version of the American Heart Association Guidelines for Health Care Provider CPR.

(3) "Dependent" means a person who meets one or all of the following criteria:

(a) requires inpatient hospital or 24 hour continual nursing care that will last longer than 15 calender days after the day on which the nursing care begins;

(b) is unable to evacuate from the facility without the physical assistance of two persons.

(4) "Health care setting" means a health care facility or agency, either public or private, that is involved in the provision or delivery of nursing care.

(5) "Licensed health care professional" means a registered nurse, physician assistant, advanced practice nurse, or physician licensed by the Utah Department of Commerce who has education and experience to assess and evaluate the health care needs of a resident.

(6) "Owner or licensee" means a licensed nurse who resides in the facility and provides daily direct care during daytime hours to residents in the facility as opposed to simply working a duty shift in the facility.

(7) "Semi-independent" means a person who is:

(a) physically disabled, but able to direct his own care; or

(b) cognitively impaired or physically disabled, but able to evacuate from the facility with the physical assistance of one person.

(8) "Significant change" means a major change in a resident's status that is not self-limiting, impacts on more than one area of the resident's health status, and requires interdisciplinary review or revision of the service plan.

(9) "Small Health Care Facility - Type N" means a home or a residence occupied by the licensee, who is a licensed nurse, that provides protected living arrangements plus nursing care and services on a daily basis for two to three individuals unrelated to the licensee.

R432-300-5. License Required.

A license is required to operate a Small Health Care Facility Type N, see R432-2.

R432-300-6. Criteria for Type N Facility.

The licensee must meet the following criteria to obtain a license for a Small Health Care Facility - Type N:

(1) provide care in a residence where the licensee lives full time;

(2) meet local zoning requirements to allow the facility to be operated at the given address;

(3) obtain a certificate of fire clearance annually from the local fire marshal having jurisdiction;

(4) have a physician assessment and approval for each resident's admission;

(5) provide daily, licensed nursing care; and

(6) provide 24-hour direct care staff available on the premises.

R432-300-7. Physical Environment.

(1) The licensee must provide comfortable living accommodations and privacy for residents who live in the facility.

(2) Bedrooms may be private or semi-private.

(a) Single-bed rooms must have a minimum of 100 square feet of floor space.

(b) Multiple-bed rooms must have a minimum of 80 square feet of floor space per bed and are limited to two beds.

(c) Beds shall be placed at least three feet away from each other.

(d) The licensee's family members or staff shall not share sleeping quarters with residents.

(e) Each resident shall have a separate twin size or larger sized bed.

(f) No room ordinarily used for other purposes (such as a hall, corridor, unfinished attic, garage, storage area, shed or similar detached building) may be used as a sleeping room for a resident.

(g) Each bedroom must have light and ventilation.

(h) Each bedroom must have a window to the outside which opens easily. Windows must have insect screens.

(i) Each bedroom must have a closet or space suitable for hanging clothing and personal belongings.

(j) Each bedroom and toilet room must have a trash container.

(k) The licensee must make available reading lamps in each resident room according to the individual needs of each resident.

(3) Toilets and bathrooms must provide privacy, be well-ventilated, and be accessible to and usable by all persons accepted for care.

(a) Toilets, tubs, and showers must have ADAAG approved grab bars.

(b) If the licensee admits a resident with disabilities, the bath, shower, sink, and toilet must be equipped for use by persons with disabilities in accordance with ADAAG.

(4) Heating, air conditioning, and ventilating systems must provide comfortable temperatures for the resident.

(a) Heating systems must be capable of maintaining temperatures of 80 degrees F. in areas occupied by residents.

(b) Cooling systems must be capable of maintaining temperatures of 72 degrees F. in areas occupied by residents.

(c) Facilities licensed after July 1, 1998, must comply with ventilation and minimum total air change requirements as outlined in R432-6-22 Table 2, which is adopted and incorporated by reference.

(5) Residents may be housed on the main floor only, unless an outside exit leading to the ground grade level is provided from any upper or lower levels.

(6) At least one building entrance shall be accessible to persons with physical disabilities.

R432-300-8. Administration and Organization.

(1) The licensee is responsible for compliance with Utah law and licensing requirements, management, operation, and control of the facility.

(2) The licensee is responsible to establish and implement facility policies and procedures. Policies and procedures must reflect current facility practice.

(3) The licensee must be a licensed nurse with at least two years experience working in a health care setting, and must provide nursing coverage on a daily basis during daytime hours of operation.

(4) The licensee must employ sufficient staff to meet the needs of the residents.

(5) All employees must be 18 years of age, and successfully complete an orientation program in order to provide personal care and demonstrate competency.

(a) The licensee must orient employees to the residents' daily routine and train employees to assist the residents in activities of daily living.

(b) Employees must be registered, certified or licensed as required by the Utah Department of Commerce.

(c) Registration, licenses and certificates must be current, filed in the personnel files, and presented to the licensee within 45-days of employment.

(6) The licensee is responsible to establish and implement written policies and procedures for a personnel health program to protect the health and safety of personnel and clients.

(a) Each employee must, upon hire, complete a health evaluation that includes a health inventory.

(b) The health inventory must document the employee's health history of the following:

(i) conditions that predispose the employee to acquiring or transmitting infectious diseases; and

(ii) conditions which may prevent the employee from performing certain assigned duties satisfactorily.

(c) Employee skin testing by the Mantoux Method or other FDA approved in-vitro serologic test and follow up for tuberculosis shall be done in accordance with R388-804, Special Measures for the Control of Tuberculosis.

(i) The licensee shall ensure that all employees are skin-tested for tuberculosis within two weeks of:

(A) initial hiring;

(B) suspected exposure to a person with active tuberculosis; and

(C) development of symptoms of tuberculosis.

(ii) Skin testing shall be exempted for all employees with known positive reaction to skin tests.

(d) The licensee must report all infections and communicable diseases reportable by law to the local health department in accordance with R386-702-2.

R432-300-9. Facility Records.

(1) The licensee must maintain accurate and complete records that are filed, stored safely, and are easily accessible to staff and the Department.

(2) Records must be protected against access by unauthorized individuals.

(3) The licensee must maintain personnel records for each employee and retain such records for at least three years following termination of employment. Personnel records must include the following:

(a) an employee application;

(b) the date of employment and initial policies and procedures orientation;

(c) the termination date;

(d) the reason for leaving;

(e) documentation of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, first aid, and emergency procedures training;

(f) a health inventory;

(g) a food handlers permit;

(h) TB skin test documentation;

(i) documentation of criminal background check; and

(j) certifications, registration, and licenses as required.

(4) The licensee must maintain in the facility a separate record for each resident that includes the following:

(a) the resident's name, date of birth, and last address;

(b) the name, address, and telephone number of the person who administers and obtains medications, if this is not facility staff;

(c) the name, address, and telephone number of the individual to be notified in case of accident or death;

(d) the name, address, and telephone number of a physician and dentist to be called in an emergency;

(e) an admission diagnoses and reason for admission;

(f) any known allergies;

(g) the admission agreement;

(h) a copy of an advanced directive or living will initiated by the resident;

(i) a physician's assessment;

(j) a resident assessment;

(k) a written plan of care;

(l) physician orders;

(m) daily nursing notes including temperature, pulse, respirations, blood pressure, height, and weight notations when indicated or as needed due to a change in the resident's condition;

(n) if entrusted to the facility, a record of the resident's cash resources and valuables; and

(o) incident and accident reports.

(5) Resident records must be retained for at least seven years following discharge.

R432-300-10. Acceptance and Retention of Residents.

(1) A Type N Small Health Care facility may accept semi-dependent residents.

(a) The licensee may accept one dependent resident only if the licensee has equipment and additional staff available to assist the dependent resident in the event of a facility emergency evacuation.

(b) The licensee must establish acceptance criteria which includes:

(i) the resident's health needs;

(ii) the residents's ability to perform activities of daily living; and

(iii) the ability of the facility to address the residents needs.

(2) A resident shall not be accepted nor retained by a Type "N" Small Health Care Facility when:

(a) The resident has active tuberculosis or serious communicable diseases;

(b) The resident requires inpatient hospital care; or

(c) The resident has a mental illness that manifests behavior which is suicidal, assaultive, or harmful to self or others.

(3) The licensee must request that the family or responsible person relocate the resident within seven days if the resident requires care which cannot be provided in the Type N facility.

R432-300-11. Transfer or Discharge Requirements.

(1) The licensee may discharge, transfer, or evict a resident for one or more of the following reasons:

(a) The facility is no longer able to meet the resident's needs.

(b) The resident fails to pay for services as required by the admission agreement.

(c) The resident fails to comply with written policies or rules of the facility.

(d) The resident wishes to transfer.

(e) The facility ceases operation.

(2) Prior to transferring or discharging a resident, the licensee must serve a transfer or discharge notice to the resident and the resident's responsible person.

(a) The notice must be either hand-delivered or sent by certified mail.

(b) The notice must be made at least 30 days before the day on which the licensee plans to transfer or discharge the resident, except that the notice may be made as soon as practicable before transfer or discharge if:

(i) the safety or health of persons in the facility is endangered; or

(ii) an immediate transfer or discharge is required by the resident's urgent medical needs.

(3) The notice of transfer or discharge must:

(a) be in writing with a copy placed in the resident file;

(b) be phrased in a manner and in a language the resident or the resident's responsible person can understand;

(c) detail the reasons for transfer or discharge;

(d) state the effective date of transfer or discharge;

(e) state the location to which the resident will be transferred or discharged;

(f) state that the resident or responsible party may request a conference to discuss the transfer or discharge; and

(g) contain the following information:

(i) for facility residents who are 60 years of age or older, the name, mailing address, and telephone number of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman;

(ii) for facility residents with developmental disabilities, the mailing address and telephone number of the agency responsible for the protection and advocacy of developmentally disabled individuals established under part C of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act; and

(iii) for facility residents who are mentally ill, the mailing address and telephone number of the agency responsible for the protection and advocacy of mentally ill individuals established under the Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individuals Act.

(4) The licensee must provide sufficient preparation and orientation to a resident to ensure a safe and orderly transfer or discharge from the facility.

(5) The resident or the resident's responsible person may contest a transfer or discharge. If the transfer or discharge is contested, the licensee shall provide an informal conference, except where undue delay might jeopardize the health, safety, or well-being of the resident or others.

(a) The resident or the resident's responsible person must request the conference within five calendar days of the day of receipt of notice of discharge to determine if a satisfactory resolution can be reached.

(b) Participants in the conference shall include the licensee, the resident or the resident's responsible person, and any others requested by the resident or the resident's responsible person.

R432-300-12. Personal Physician.

(1) Each resident must have a personal physician. The physician's assessment must be completed prior to admission.

(2) The physician's signed assessment shall document:

(a) that the resident is capable of functioning in a Type N Small Health Care Facility;

(b) that the resident is free of communicable diseases or any condition which would prevent admission to the facility;

(c) a list of current medications including dosage, time of administration, route, and assistance required;

(d) type of diet and restrictions or special instructions;

(e) any known allergies; and

(f) any physical or mental limitations, or restrictions on activity.

R432-300-13. Nursing Care.

(1) Each Type N facility must provide nursing care services to meet the needs of the residents.

(2) A licensed nurse must be on-site working directly with residents on a daily basis in accordance with each resident's care plan and individual needs.

(3) Nursing practice must be in accordance with the Utah Nurse Practice Act 58-31b.

(4) Licensed nurses have the following responsibilities:

(a) direct the implementation of physician's orders;

(b) develop and implement an individualized care plan for each resident within seven calender days of admission, and direct the delivery of nursing care, treatments, procedures, and other services to meet the needs of the residents;

(c) review and update at least every six months the health care needs of each resident admitted to the facility and develop resident care plans according to the resident's needs and the physician's orders;

(d) review each resident's medication regimen as needed and immediately after medication changes to ensure accuracy;

(e) ensure that nursing notes describe the care rendered including the resident's response;

(f) supervise staff to assure they perform restorative measures in their daily care of residents;

(g) teach and coordinate resident care and rehabilitative care to promote and maintain optimal physical and mental functioning of the resident; and

(h) plan and conduct documented orientation and in-service programs for staff.

(5) The licensed nurse must develop and maintain a current health services policy and procedure manual that is to be reviewed and updated by the licensed nurse at least annually.

(a) The manual must be accessible to all staff and be available for review by the Department.

(b) The policy and procedure manual must address the following:

(i) bathing;

(ii) positioning;

(iii) enema administration;

(iv) decubitus prevention and care;

(v) bed making;

(vi) isolation procedures;

(vii) blood sugar monitoring procedures;

(viii) telephone orders;

(ix) charting;

(x) rehabilitative nursing;

(xi) diets and feeding residents;

(xii) oral hygiene and denture care;

(xiii) medication administration;

(xiv) Alzheimer's/dementia care;

(xv) universal precautions and blood-borne pathogens; and

(xvi) housekeeping and cleaning procedures.

(6) Each resident's care plan must include measures to prevent and reduce incontinence.

(a) The licensed nurse must assess each resident to determine the resident's ability to participate in a bowel and bladder management program.

(b) An individualized plan for each incontinent resident shall begin within two weeks of the initial assessment.

(c) The licensed nurse must document a weekly evaluation of the resident's performance in the bowel/bladder management program.

(d) Fluid intake and output must be recorded for each resident and evaluated at least weekly when ordered by a physician or nurse.

(7) The licensee must ensure that staff are trained in rehabilitative nursing.

(a) The licensee must provide daily and document rehabilitative nursing services for residents who require such services.

(b) Rehabilitative nursing services shall include the following:

(i) turning and positioning of residents as per physician's or nurse's orders;

(ii) assisting residents to ambulate;

(iii) improving resident's range of motion;

(iv) restorative feeding;

(v) bowel and bladder retraining;

(vi) teaching residents self-care skills;

(vii) teaching residents transferring skills; and

(viii) taking measures to prevent secondary disabilities such as contractures and decubitus ulcers.

R432-300-14. General Resident Care Policies.

(1) Each resident must be treated as an individual with dignity and respect in accordance with Residents' Rights R432-270-9.

(2) The licensee is responsible to develop and implement resident care policies. These policies must address the following:

(a) The licensee must orient each resident upon admission to the facility, services, and staff.

(b) Each resident must receive care to ensure good personal hygiene, including bathing, oral hygiene, shampoo and hair care, shaving or beard trimming, fingernail and toenail care.

(c) Linens and other items in contact with the resident must be changed weekly or as the item is soiled.

(d) The licensee is responsible to encourage and assist each resident to achieve and maintain the highest level of functioning and independence including:

(i) teaching the resident self-care,

(ii) assisting residents to adjust to their disabilities and prosthetic devices,

(iii) directing residents in prescribed therapy exercises; and

(iv) redirecting residents interests as necessary.

(e) Each resident must receive care and treatment to ensure the prevention of decubitus ulcers, contractures, and deformities.

(f) Each resident must receive good nutrition and adequate fluids for hydration.

(i) All residents must have ready access to water and drinking glasses.

(ii) Residents unable to feed themselves shall be assisted to eat in a prompt, orderly manner.

(iii) Residents who require assistance with eating or drinking must be provided with adaptive equipment.

(g) Each resident has the right to visual privacy during treatments and personal care. Visual privacy may be provided by privacy curtains or portable screens.

(h) Facility staff must answer call lights or monitoring devices promptly.

(3) The licensee must notify the resident's responsible person and physician of significant changes or deterioration of the resident's health, and ensure the resident's transfer to an appropriate health care facility if the resident requires services beyond the scope of the Type N facility license. This notification must be documented in the resident's record.

(4) The licensee is responsible to assist residents in making arrangements for medical and dental care including transportation to and from the medical or dental facility.

(5) The licensee must document and make available for Department review every accident or incident causing injury to a resident or employee. The documentation must include appropriate corrective action.

(6) The licensee is responsible to document and implement a quality improvement process that at least quarterly identifies problems, implements corrective actions, and evaluates the effectiveness of the corrective actions.

R432-300-15. Medications.

(1) A licensed health care professional must upon admission and at least every six months thereafter assess each resident to determine what level and type of assistance is required for medication administration. The level and type of assistance provided must be documented on a Department approved form in each resident's service plan.

(2) Each resident's medication program must be administered by means of one of the methods as described in (a) through (c) in this section:

(a) The resident is able to self-administer medications.

(i) Residents who have been assessed to be able to self- administer medications may keep prescription medications in their rooms.

(ii) If more than one resident resides in a unit, the licensee must assess each resident's ability to safely have medications in the unit. If safety is a factor, the resident must keep medications in a locked container in the unit.

(b) The resident requires assistance from facility staff to administer medications. Facility staff may assist residents who self-medicate by:

(i) reminding the resident to take the medication;

(ii) opening medication containers;

(iii) reading the instructions on container labels;

(iv) checking the dosage against the label of the container;

(v) reassuring the resident that the dosage is correct;

(vi) observing that the resident takes the medication; and

(vii) reminding the resident or the resident's responsible person when the prescription needs to be refilled.

(viii) Facility staff must document any staff assistance with medication administration including the type of medication and when it was taken by the resident.

(c) The resident's family or designated responsible person assists the resident with medication administration. Family members or a designated responsible person may set up medications in a package which identifies the medication and time to administer. If family members or a designated responsible person assists with medication administration, they must sign a waiver indicating that they agree to assume the responsibility to fill prescriptions, administer medication, and document the type of medication, the time administered, and the amount taken by the resident.

(3) Medication records must include the following information:

(a) the resident's name;

(b) the name of the prescribing practitioner;

(c) the name of the medication, including prescribed dosage;

(d) the times and dates administered;

(e) the method of administration;

(f) signatures of staff or responsible persons administering the medication; and

(g) the review date.

(4) Any change in the dosage or schedule of medication administration must be ordered by the resident's licensed practitioner and be documented in the medication record. All facility staff or persons assisting with medication administration must be notified of the medication change.

(5) The licensee must have available in the facility a current pharmacological reference book with information on possible reactions and precautions to any medications taken by a resident.

(6) The resident's family and licensed practitioner must be notified if medications errors occur.

(7) Medications must be stored in a locked central storage area to prevent unauthorized access.

(a) If medication is stored in a central location, residents shall have timely access to the medication.

(b) Medications that require refrigeration must be stored separately from food items and at temperatures between 36 - 46 degrees F.

(8) The administration, storage, and handling of oxygen must comply with the requirements of the 1996 edition of NFPA 99, which is adopted and incorporated by reference.

(9) Facility policies must address the disposal of unused, outdated, or recalled medications.

(a) The licensee must return a resident's medication to the resident or to the resident's responsible person upon discharge.

(b) A licensed health care professional must document the return to the resident or the resident's responsible person of medication stored in a central storage.

(c) Disposal of controlled substances must comply with the Pharmacy Practice Act, which is adopted and incorporated by reference.

R432-300-16. First Aid.

(1) The licensee must ensure that at least one staff person is on duty at all times who has training in basic first aid, the Heimlich maneuver, certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and emergency procedures to ensure that each resident receives prompt first aid as needed.

(2) The licensee must ensure that a first aid kit is available at a specified location in the facility.

(3) The licensee must ensure that a current edition of a basic first aid manual approved by the American Red Cross, the American Medical Association, or a state or federal health agency is available at a specified location in the facility.

(4) Each facility must have an OSHA approved clean-up kit for blood borne pathogens.

R432-300-17. Activity Program.

(1) The licensee must provide activities for the residents to encourage independent functioning.

(2) The licensee must complete a resident interest survey and, with the resident's involvement, develop a monthly activity calendar.

(3) The activity program must include the residents' needs and interests to include:

(a) socialization activities;

(b) independent activities of daily living; and

(c) physical activities;

(4) A resident may participate in community activities away from the facility.

R432-300-18. Food Service.

(1) The licensee must provide three meals a day plus snacks, seven days a week, to all residents.

(a) The licensee must maintain onsite a one-week supply of nonperishable food and a three day supply of perishable food as required to prepare the planned menus.

(b) Meals must be served with no more than a 14 hour interval between the evening meal and breakfast, unless a nutritious snack is available in the evening.

(c) The facility food service must comply with the following:

(i) All food must be of good quality and be prepared by methods that conserve nutritive value, flavor, and appearance.

(ii) All food served to residents must be palatable, attractively served, and delivered to the resident at the appropriate temperature.

(iii) Powdered milk may be used as a beverage only upon the resident's request. It may be used in cooking and baking at any time.

(2) A different menu must be planned and followed for each day of the week.

(a) All menus must be approved and signed by a certified dietitian.

(b) Cycle menus shall cover a minimum of three weeks.

(c) The current week's menu shall be posted for residents' viewing.

(d) Substitutions to the menu that are actually served to the residents must be recorded and retained for three months for review by the Department.

(3) Meals must be served in a designated dining area suitable for that purpose or in resident rooms upon request by the resident.

(4) Residents shall be encouraged to eat their meals in the dining room with other residents.

(5) The licensee must make available for review inspection reports by the local health department.

(6) If the licensee admits residents requiring therapeutic or special diets, an approved dietary manual must be available for reference when preparing meals. Dietitian consultation must be provided at least quarterly and documented for residents requiring therapeutic diets.

(7) While on duty in food service, the cook and other kitchen staff shall not be assigned concurrent duties outside the food service area.

(8) All personnel who prepare or serve food must have a current Food Handler's Permit.

(9) Food service must comply with the Utah Department of Health Food Service Sanitation Regulations, R392-100, which is adopted and incorporated by reference.

R432-300-19. Housekeeping and Maintenance Services.

(1) The licensee must provide housekeeping and maintenance services to maintain a safe, clean, sanitary, and healthful environment.

(2) Entrances, exits, steps, and outside walkways must be maintained and kept free of ice, snow, and other hazards.

(3) The licensee must implement a cleaning schedule to ensure that furniture, bedding, linens, and equipment are cleaned periodically and before use by another resident.

(4) The licensee must control odors by maintaining cleanliness and proper ventilation. Deodorizers may not be used to cover odors caused by poor housekeeping or unsanitary conditions.

(5) The licensee must provide laundry services to meet the needs of the residents.

(6) The licensee must ensure that all cleaning agents, bleaches, pesticides, or other poisonous, dangerous or flammable materials are stored in a locked area to prevent unauthorized access.

R432-300-20. Pets.

(1) The licensee may allow residents to keep household pets such as dogs, cats, birds, fish, and hamsters if permitted by local ordinance and by facility policy.

(2) Pets must be kept clean and disease-free.

(3) The pets' environment must be kept clean.

(4) Small pets such as birds and hamsters must be kept in appropriate enclosures.

(5) Pets that display aggressive behavior are not permitted in the facility.

(6) Pets that are kept at the facility or are frequent visitors must have current vaccinations.

(7) Upon approval of the administrator, family members may bring residents' pets to visit.

(8) Each facility with birds must have procedures which prevent the transmission of psittacosis.

(9) Pets are not permitted in central food preparation, storage, or dining areas or in any area where their presence would create a significant health or safety risk to others.

R432-300-21. Disaster and Emergency Preparedness.

(1) The licensee is responsible for the safety and well-being of residents in the event of an emergency or disaster.

(2) The licensee is responsible to develop and coordinate plans with state and local emergency disaster authorities to respond to potential emergencies and disasters. The plan shall outline the protection or evacuation of all residents, and include arrangements for staff response or provisions of additional staff to ensure the safety of any resident with physical or mental limitations.

(a) Emergencies and disasters include fire, severe weather, missing residents, death of a resident, interruption of public utilities, explosion, bomb threat, earthquake, flood, windstorm, epidemic, or mass casualty.

(b) The emergency and disaster response plan must be in writing and distributed or made available to all facility staff and residents to assure prompt and efficient implementation.

(c) The licensee must review and update the plan as necessary to conform with local emergency plans. The plan shall be available for review by the Department.

(3) The emergency and disaster response plan must address the following:

(a) the names of the person in charge and persons with decision-making authority;

(b) the names of persons who shall be notified in an emergency in order of priority;

(c) the names and telephone numbers of emergency medical personnel, fire department, paramedics, ambulance service, police, and other appropriate agencies;

(d) instructions on how to contain a fire and how to use the facility fire extinguishing equipment;

(e) assignment of personnel to specific tasks during an emergency;

(f) the procedure to evacuate and transport residents and staff to a safe place within the facility or to other prearranged locations including specialized training to assist a dependent resident;

(g) instructions on how to recruit additional help, supplies, and equipment to meet the residents' needs after an emergency or disaster;

(h) delivery of essential care and services to facility occupants by alternate means;

(i) delivery of essential care and services when additional persons are housed in the facility during an emergency; and

(j) delivery of essential care and services to facility occupants when personnel are reduced by an emergency.

(4) The facility must maintain safe ambient air temperatures within the facility.

(a) Emergency heating must have the approval of the local fire department.

(b) Ambient air temperatures of 58 degrees F. or below may constitute an imminent danger to the health and safety of the residents in the facility. The person in charge shall take immediate action in the best interests of the residents.

(c) The licensee must develop, and be capable of implementing, contingency plans regarding excessively high ambient air temperatures within the facility that may exacerbate the medical condition of residents.

(5) The licensee must ensure that staff and residents receive instruction and training in accordance with the plans to respond appropriately in an emergency. The licensee must:

(a) annually review the procedures with existing staff and residents and conduct unannounced drills using those procedures;

(b) hold simulated disaster drills semi-annually;

(c) hold simulated fire drills quarterly on each shift for staff and residents in accordance with Rule R710-3; and

(d) document all drills, including date, participants, problems encountered, and the ability of each resident to evacuate.

(6) The licensee must be in charge during an emergency. If not on the premises, the licensee must make every effort to report to the facility, relieve subordinates and take charge.

(7) The licensee must provide in-house equipment and supplies required in an emergency including emergency lighting, heating equipment, food, potable water, extra blankets, first aid kit, and radio.

(8) The licensee must post the following information in prominent locations throughout the facility:

(a) The name of the person in charge and names and telephone numbers of emergency medical personnel, agencies, and appropriate communication and emergency transport systems; and

(b) evacuation routes including the location of exits and fire extinguishers.

R432-300-22. Penalties.

Any person who violates any provision of this rule may be subject to the penalties enumerated in 26-21-11 and R432-3-7 and be punished for violation of a class A misdemeanor as provided in Section 26-21-16.


health care facilities

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

October 17, 2017

Notice of Continuation

September 15, 2016

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

26-21-5; 26-21-16

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For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R432, please contact the promulgating agency (Health, Family Health and Preparedness, Licensing). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.