|(a) If a physician has knowledge that a person had,
at the time of death, a communicable disease listed in subsection
(c) of this section, then the hospital administrator, clinic administrator,
nurse, or the physician shall affix or cause to be affixed a tag on
the body, preferably the great toe.
(b) The tag shall be on card stock paper and shall
be no smaller than five centimeters by ten centimeters. The tag shall
include the words "COMMUNICABLE DISEASE--BLOOD/BODY SUBSTANCE PRECAUTIONS
REQUIRED" in letters no smaller than six millimeters in height. The
name of the deceased person shall be written on the tag. The tag shall
remain affixed to the body until the preparation of the body for burial
has been completed.
(c) Diseases that shall require tagging are acquired
immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); anthrax; brucellosis; cholera;
Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome; hepatitis, viral; human immunodeficiency
virus (HIV) infection; novel coronavirus; novel influenza; plague;
prion diseases, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD); Q fever;
rabies; Rocky Mountain spotted fever; smallpox; syphilis; tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex); tularemia;
and viral hemorrhagic fever.
(d) All persons should routinely practice standard
infection control procedures when performing postmortem care on a
deceased person who is known or suspected of having a communicable
disease listed in subsection (c) of this section.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §97.13 adopted to be effective June 5, 2007, 32 TexReg 2997; amended to be effective April 3, 2016, 41 TexReg 2317; amended to be effective April 2, 2017, 42 TexReg 1452