135G.13  Transfer and transport of clients to hospitals.

1.  If complications arise during labor, the client shall be transferred to a hospital.

2.  Each licensed birth center shall make arrangements with a local ambulance service for the transport of emergency patients to a hospital. Such arrangements shall be documented in the policy and procedures manual of the birth center if the birth center does not own or operate a licensed ambulance. The policy and procedures manual shall also contain specific protocols for the transfer of any patient to a licensed hospital.

3.  A licensed birth center shall identify neonatal-specific transportation services, including ground and air ambulances, list particular qualifications of such services, and have the telephone numbers for access to these services clearly listed and immediately available.

4.  Annual assessments of the transportation services and transfer protocols shall be made and documented and kept on file at the licensed birth center.

Section History: Recent form

  87 Acts, ch 200, § 13

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