135G.7  Minimum standards for birth centers--rules and enforcement.

The department shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A to administer this chapter. The rules shall be subject to approval by the board of health prior to adoption by the department of inspections and appeals. The department shall adopt and enforce rules setting minimum standards for birth centers. However, the standards shall parallel and shall not exceed standards adopted by the maternity center association, and state and local building codes where applicable, including:

1.  Sufficient numbers and qualified types of personnel and occupational disciplines are available at all times to provide necessary and adequate patient care and safety.

2.  Infection control, housekeeping, sanitary conditions, disaster plan, and medical record procedures which adequately protect patient care and provide safety are established and implemented.

3.  Licensed birth centers are established, organized, and operated consistent with established programmatic standards in accordance with the maternity center association.

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  87 Acts, ch 200, § 7

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