A sufficient number of personnel capable of supervising and carrying out the radiological services shall be provided.
The interpretation of radiological examinations shall be made by physicians qualified in the field.
The hospital shall have a board-certified radiologist, full-time, part-time or on a consulting basis, who is qualified to direct the service and to interpret films that require specialized knowledge for accurate reading.
Only personnel designated as qualified by the radiologist or by an appropriately constituted committee of the medical staff may use the x-ray apparatus, and only similarly designated personnel may apply and remove the radium element, its disintegration products and radioactive isotopes. Fluoroscopic equipment may be operated only by properly trained persons authorized by the medical director of the radiological service.
Authenticated radiological reports shall be filed in the patient's medical record.
A written order for an x-ray examination by the attending physician or another individual authorized by the medical staff to order an x-ray examination shall contain a concise statement of the reason for the examination.
Interpretations of x-rays shall be written or dictated and shall be signed by a qualified physician or another individual authorized by the medical staff to interpret x-rays.
Copies of reports, printouts, films, scans and other image records shall be retained for at least 5 years.
(2) Therapeutic x-ray services.
If therapeutic x-ray services are provided, they shall meet professionally approved standards for safety and for qualifications of personnel. The physician in charge shall be appropriately qualified. Only a physician qualified by training and experience may prescribe radiotherapy treatments.
DHS 124.18 History
Cr. Register, January, 1988, No. 365
, eff. 2-1-88; corrections in (1) (c) 3. to 5. made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register September 2003 No. 573
; corrections in (1) (c) 3. to 5. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637
DHS 124.19(1)(a)(a) Requirement.
If a hospital provides nuclear medicine services, the services shall meet the needs of the hospital's patients in accordance with acceptable standards of professional practice.
The organization of the nuclear medicine service shall be appropriate for the scope and complexity of the services offered.
There shall be a physician director who is qualified in nuclear medicine to be responsible for the nuclear medicine service.
The qualifications, education, training, functions and legal responsibilities of nuclear medicine personnel shall be specified by the director of the service and approved by the medical staff and chief executive officer.
Only persons approved by the hospital may participate in the preparation of radiopharmaceuticals.
All persons who administer radioisotopes shall be approved by the medical staff and by the hospital's administrative staff.
The number and types of personnel assigned to nuclear medicine shall be adequate to provide the needed services.
Nuclear medicine services shall be provided in an area of the hospital that is adequately shielded.
(d) Radioactive materials.
Radioactive materials shall be prepared, labeled, used, transported, stored and disposed of in accordance with applicable regulations of the U.S. nuclear regulatory commission and ch. DHS 157
Equipment and supplies shall be appropriate for the types of nuclear medicine services offered and shall be maintained for safe and efficient performance.
All equipment shall be maintained in safe operating condition and shall be inspected, tested and calibrated at least annually by a radiation or health physicist.
Authenticated and dated reports of nuclear medicine interpretations, consultations and therapy shall be made part of the patient's medical record and copies shall be retained by the service.
Records shall note the amount of radiopharmaceuticals administered, the identity of the recipient, the supplier and lot number and the date of therapy.
The hospital shall provide for monitoring the staff's exposure to radiation. The cumulative radiation exposure for each staff member shall be recorded in the service's records at least monthly.
Records of the receipt and disposition of radiopharmaceuticals shall be maintained. Documentation of instrument performance and records of inspection shall be retained in the service.
(2) Mobile nuclear medicine services.
The use of mobile nuclear medicine services by a facility to meet the diagnostic needs of its patients shall be subject to approval of the medical staff and the chief executive officer. The services offered by the mobile nuclear medicine unit shall comply with all applicable rules of this section.
DHS 124.19 History
Cr. Register, January, 1988, No. 385
, eff. 2-1-88; correction in (1) (d) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register September 2003 No. 573
; correction in (1) (d) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637
Service policies and procedures.
Hospitals which have surgery, anesthesia, dental or maternity services shall have effective policies and procedures, in addition to those set forth under s. DHS 124.12 (9)
, relating to the staffing and functions of each service in order to protect the health and safety of the patients.
Surgical privileges shall be delineated for each member of the medical staff performing surgery in accordance with the individual's competencies and shall be on file with the operating room supervisor.
The surgical service shall have a written policy to ensure that the patient will be safe if a member of the surgical team becomes incapacitated.
The surgical service shall have the ability to retrieve information needed for infection surveillance, identification of personnel who assisted at operative procedures and the compiling of needed statistics.
There shall be adequate provisions for immediate postoperative care. A patient may be directly discharged from post-anesthetic recovery status only by an anesthesiologist, another qualified physician or a registered nurse anesthetist.
All infections of clean surgical cases shall be recorded and reported to the hospital administrative staff and the infection control committee. There shall be a procedure for investigating the causes of infection.
Rules and policies relating to the operating rooms shall be available and posted in appropriate locations inside and outside the operating rooms.
The operating rooms shall be supervised by a registered nurse who is qualified by training and experience to supervise the operating rooms.
The following equipment shall be available to the operating suites: a call-in system, resuscitator, defibrillator, aspirator, thoracotomy set and tracheotomy set.
If explosive gases are used, the surgical service shall have appropriate policies, in writing, for safe use of these gases.
The anesthesia service shall have effective policies and procedures to protect the health and safety of patients.
The anesthesia service shall have written policies for anesthetizing obstetrical patients.
The chief of the anesthesia service shall enforce the policies and procedures of the service.
If explosive gases are used, the anesthesia service shall have appropriate policies, in writing, for safe use of these gases.
The anesthesia service shall provide consultation to other services relating to respiratory therapy, emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation and special problems in pain relief.
Every surgical patient shall have a preanesthetic evaluation by a person qualified to administer anesthesia, with findings recorded within 48 hours before surgery, a preanesthetic visit by the person administering the anesthesia, and an anesthetic record and post-anesthetic follow-up examination, with findings recorded within 48 hours after surgery by the individual who administers the anesthesia.
In hospitals where there is no organized anesthesia service, the surgical service shall assume the responsibility for establishing general policies and supervising the administration of anesthetics.
If anesthetics are not administered by a qualified anesthesiologist, they shall be administered by a physician anesthetist, dental anesthetist, podiatrist or a registered nurse anesthetist, under supervision as defined by medical staff policy. The hospital, on recommendation of the medical staff, shall designate persons qualified to administer anesthetics and shall determine what each person is qualified to do.
The services provided by podiatrist, dentist or nurse anesthetists shall be documented, as well as the supervision that each receives.
If a general anesthetic is used and a physician is not a member of the operating team, a physician shall be immediately available in the hospital or an adjacent clinic to assist in emergency situations.
DHS 124.20(4)(a)(a) Organization.
Hospital dental services may be organized as a separate service or as part of another appropriate service.
All dental services shall meet the following requirements:
Dentists performing surgical procedures at the hospital shall be members of the medical staff. The scope and extent of surgical procedures a medical staff dentist may perform shall be defined for each dentist;
Surgical procedures performed by dentists shall be under the overall supervision of the chief of surgery;
Policies for the provision of dental services shall be set out in the medical staff by-laws;
Patients admitted to the hospital by dentists for dental care shall receive the same basic medical appraisal as patients admitted for other services. This shall include having a physician who is either a member of the medical staff or is approved by the medical staff to perform an appropriate admission history, physical examination and evaluation of overall medical risk and record the findings in the patient's medical record. A physician member of the medical staff shall be responsible for the medical care of patients admitted by dentists; and
Patients admitted for dental care shall have a dental history recorded by the dentist.
"High-risk maternity service" means a service that combines specialized facilities and staff for the intensive care and management of high-risk maternal and fetal patients before and during birth, and to high-risk maternal patients following birth.
"Perinatal" means pertaining to the mother, fetus or infant, in anticipation of and during pregnancy, and in the first year following birth.
"Perinatal care center" means an organized hospital-based health care service which includes a high-risk maternity service and a neonatal intensive care unit capable of providing case management for the most serious types of maternal, fetal and neonatal illness and abnormalities.
(b) Reporting numbers of beds and bassinets.
The number of beds and bassinets for maternity patients and newborn infants, term and premature, shall be designated by the hospital and reported to the department. Any change in the number of beds and bassinets shall also be reported to the department.
(c) Maternity admission requirements.
The hospital shall have written policies for maternity and non-maternity patients who may be admitted to the maternity unit. Regardless of patients admitted:
A maternity patient shall meet hospital admission criteria for the maternity unit;
The reason for admission shall be the treatment of a disease, condition or a normal physiologic process which occurs during the maternity cycle;
A maternity patient delivered enroute to the maternity unit shall be admitted without isolation precautions provided that the patient's history and assessment prior to admission does not reveal the presence of a communicable disease or infection;
The hospital shall have policies and procedures for handling maternity patients who have infectious diseases; and
Hospitals which admit adults other than maternity patients to the maternity unit shall have written policies that include criteria for admission or exclusion and the care of both maternity and non-maternity patients, and shall comply with the following:
Only non-infectious patients may occupy maternity beds used for non-maternity patients;
Newborn infants and labor and delivery suites shall be segregated from areas used for non-maternity patients; and
In small units, one room shall be designated exclusively for maternity patients.
(d) Newborn admission requirements.
The hospital shall have written policies for admission of newborn infants to the nursery and criteria for identifying conditions for which infants may be directly admitted or readmitted to the newborn nursery for further treatment and follow-up care. Conditions for admission include:
For an infant delivered enroute to a hospital, admission may be made directly to the newborn nursery if an admission history and physical assessment does not reveal the likelihood of communicable disease or infection;