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TITLE 25HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 265GENERAL SANITATION
SUBCHAPTER BTEXAS YOUTH CAMPS SAFETY AND HEALTH
RULE §265.15Medical and Nursing Care

(a) Record of an on-call physician required. Documentation shall be kept on file of a physician licensed to practice in Texas who is available to be on call at all times to advise health service personnel on all first aid and nursing services provided by the camp.

(b) Emergency transportation. Transportation shall be available at all times to transport any sick or injured camper in an emergency.

(c) Medical staffing requirements. A physician, registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse, or a person with an American Red Cross Emergency Response certificate, or its equivalent, shall be in the camp and on call at all times, and will be considered the Camp Health Officer. For camps having documented evidence, such as a letter from the local emergency medical services (EMS), that the camp is located within a 20-minute community EMS response time, a person certified in American Red Cross Community First Aid and Safety, or its equivalent, shall be in the camp and on call at all times, and will be considered the Camp Health Officer.

(d) Requirement to report incidents of abuse or neglect of a minor.

  (1) Requirement to report incidents of abuse or neglect of a minor at a youth camp.

    (A) If a person, including any member of camp staff, a camp counselor, or camp director has cause to believe that a minor has been or may have been abused or neglected as those terms are defined in the Family Code, Chapter 261, and the abuse or neglect occurred at the youth camp, then that person shall immediately make a report, in accordance with Family Code, §261.101(a) to one of the appropriate agencies designated by Family Code, §261.103. Accordingly, a report shall be made to:

      (i) any local or state law enforcement agency;

      (ii) the Department of Family and Protective Services Abuse Hotline, which may be contacted at (800) 252-5400 or through the secure web site http://www.txabusehotline.org/; or

      (iii) the Department of State Health Services.

    (B) If a person making a report in accordance with subparagraph (A) of this paragraph has not already notified the Department of State Health Services as part of such a report, the person shall also immediately notify the Department of State Health Services' Policy, Standards, and Quality Assurance Unit by phone at (512) 834-6788, by fax at (512) 834-6707, or by email at PHSCPS@dshs.texas.gov that a minor has been or may have been abused or neglected at a youth camp.

  (2) Requirement to report incidents of abuse or neglect of a minor other than at a youth camp. If a person, including any member of camp staff, a camp counselor, or camp director has cause to believe that a minor has been or may have been abused or neglected as those terms are defined in the Family Code, Chapter 261, and the abuse or neglect did not occur at the youth camp, then that person shall immediately make a report, in accordance with Family Code, §261.103.

    (A) Except as provided by subparagraphs (B), (C) and (D) of this paragraph, a report shall be made to:

      (i) any local or state law enforcement agency;

      (ii) the Department of Family and Protective Services Abuse Hotline, which may be contacted at (800) 252-5400 or through the secure web site http://www.txabusehotline.org/; or

      (iii) the agency designated by the court to be responsible for the protection of children.

    (B) A report may be made to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department instead of the entities listed under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph if the report is based on information provided by a child while under the supervision of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department concerning the child's alleged abuse of another child.

    (C) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, a report, other than a report under subparagraph (D) of this paragraph, shall be made to the Department of Family and Protective Services if the alleged or suspected abuse or neglect involves a person responsible for the care, custody, or welfare of the child.

    (D) A report of alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation in any juvenile justice program or facility shall be made to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and a local law enforcement agency for investigation.

(e) Requirement to report camper death or communicable diseases. Camper death or confirmed cases of waterborne or foodborne diseases, such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid, salmonellosis, shigellosis, or infectious hepatitis, shall be reported to the department's Policy, Standards, and Quality Assurance Unit, within 24 hours of occurrence (or confirmation in the case of disease) by fax at (512) 834-6707, or by email at PHSCPS@dshs.texas.gov.

(f) Designation of a first aid area. A first aid area, used exclusively to handle health and emergency cases, shall be designated and suitably equipped. Supplies should be in single use packaging. A first aid kit containing at the minimum the items listed in this subsection shall be available in the first aid area.

  (1) Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes.

  (2) Sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes.

  (3) Hypoallergenic adhesive tape.

  (4) Triangular bandages.

  (5) Sterile roller bandages in assorted sizes.

  (6) Scissors.

  (7) Tweezers.

  (8) Moistened towelettes.

  (9) Antiseptic.

  (10) Thermometer.

  (11) Splints.

  (12) Petroleum jelly or other lubricant.

  (13) Cleansing agent/soap.

  (14) Exam quality gloves.

  (15) Eye wash solution.

(g) Isolation of a child with a communicable disease. A child ill with a confirmed or suspected case of a communicable disease shall be isolated to provide safety to other children and quiet to the patient. Any child that is isolated shall be supervised as determined by the Camp Health Officer. A child with a staphylococcal skin infection is not required to be isolated, if the infection is kept completely covered by a bandage.

(h) Bound medical log required. A bound medical log, or other unalterable record keeping system, listing date, name of the patient, ailment, name of the Camp Health Officer, and the treatment prescribed shall be kept in the first aid area for the duration of the camp year for which the license is issued.

(i) Camper health records shall be kept on file. The first aid area shall keep a health record on each child with the child's name, allergies, immunizations, parent's name, address, and telephone number, and parent or guardian authorization for emergency medical care.

(j) Availability of an emergency telephone. The camp shall have a telephone readily available, preferably in the first aid area, for emergency use.

(k) Emergency plans required. A written plan of procedures to be implemented in case of a disaster, serious accident, epidemic, or fatality shall be formulated and posted in the camp's administrative on-site office or location and in each permanent and semi-permanent occupied building. The plan shall include procedures for emergency shelter and for evacuation of each occupied building and the facility. Campers shall be instructed as to their actions in the event of fire, disaster, or the need to evacuate. These procedures shall be reviewed by the staff with specific assignments made to each staff member and counselor. All camp staff and volunteers shall be made aware of this plan during the staff-training program or volunteer briefing. Documentation of this training shall be kept at the camp's administrative on-site office or location.

(l) Storing and dispensing prescription medication to campers. If a child is taking a prescription medication when he or she reports to camp, the medication shall be in the original container with the prescription label, and the medical staff shall place that medication, sharps, and related paraphernalia or devices in a lockable cabinet or other secure location that is not accessible to campers. The medication shall be administered by the Camp Health Officer or camp counselor, if authorized in writing by the Camp Health Officer. At no time shall the child be allowed to self-administer the medication without adult supervision. Medications needed for immediate use for life-threatening conditions (e.g., bee-sting medication, inhaler) and limited medications approved for use in first-aid kits may be carried by a camper or staff person. The camp shall have on file a written statement of medical necessity from the prescribing doctor or the written approval of the Camp Health Officer for any camper to carry medication and related paraphernalia or devices.

(m) Camp trip first aid kits. First aid kits containing at the minimum the items listed in subsection (f) of this section shall be taken on all out-of-camp trips.


Source Note: The provisions of this §265.15 adopted to be effective April 16, 2006, 31 TexReg 3049; amended to be effective May 16, 2010, 35 TexReg 3815; amended to be effective March 13, 2014, 39 TexReg 1713; amended to be effective February 25, 2019, 44 TexReg 862

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