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RULE §554.1923Incident or Accident Reporting

(a) The facility must detail in the medical record every accident or incident, including allegations of mistreatment of residents by facility staff, medication errors, and drug reactions.

(b) Accidents, whether or not resulting in injury, and any unusual incidents or abnormal events including allegations of mistreatment of residents by staff or personnel or visitors, must be described in a separate administrative record and reported by the facility in accordance with the licensure Act and this section.

  (1) If the incident appears to be of a serious nature, it must be investigated by or under the direction of the director of nurses, the facility administrator, or a committee charged with this responsibility.

  (2) If the incident involves a resident and is serious or requires special reporting to HHSC, the resident's responsible party and attending physician must be immediately notified.

(c) Accident or incident reports must be retained for at least two years following the occurrence and must contain the following information.

  (1) For incidents involving residents, the name of the resident; witnesses, if any; date, time, and description of the incident; circumstances under which it occurred; action taken including documentation of notification of the responsible party and attending physician, if appropriate; and the resident's current (post-incident) health condition, including vital signs and date and time of entry.

  (2) Incident reports describing incidents not involving residents must contain such information as names of individuals involved, date, time, witnesses (if witnesses were present), description of the event or occurrence, including the circumstances under which it occurred, action taken, and final disposition that indicates resolution of the event or occurrence.

(d) The facility must investigate incidents/accidents and complaints for trends which may indicate resident abuse. Trends that might be identified include but are not limited to: type of accident, type of injury, time of day, staff involved, staffing level, and relationship to past complaints.

(e) The facility must make incident reports available for review, upon request and without prior notice, by representatives of HHSC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, if applicable; and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The facility must make reports related to specific incidents available to the State Ombudsman and a certified ombudsman.

Source Note: The provisions of this §554.1923 adopted to be effective May 1, 1995, 20 TexReg 2393; amended to be effective April 5, 2018, 43 TexReg 2017; transferred effective January 15, 2021, as published in the Texas Register December 11, 2020, 45 TexReg 8871

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