25 Tex. Admin. Code § 135.15

Current through Reg. 45, No. 10; March 6, 2020
Section 135.15 - Facility Staffing and Training
(a) Nursing services.
(1) There shall be an organized nursing service under the direction of a qualified registered nurse (RN). The ambulatory surgical center (ASC) shall be staffed to assure that the nursing needs of all patients are met.
(2) There shall be a written plan of administrative authority for all nursing services with responsibilities and duties of each category of nursing personnel delineated and a written job description for each category. The scope of nursing service shall include, but is not limited to, nursing care rendered to patients preoperatively, intraoperatively, and postoperatively.
(A) The responsible individual for nursing services shall be a qualified registered nurse (RN) whose responsibility and authority for nursing service shall be clearly defined and includes supervision of both personnel performance and patient care.
(B) There shall be a written delineation of functions, qualifications, and patient care responsibilities for all categories of nursing personnel.
(C) Surgical technicians and licensed vocational nurses may be permitted to serve in the scrub nurse role under the direct supervision of an RN; they shall not be permitted to function as circulating nurses in the operating rooms. Licensed vocational nurses and surgical technicians may assist in circulatory duties under the direct supervision of a qualified RN.
(D) Nursing services shall be provided in accordance with current recognized standards or recommended practices.
(E) The facility shall adopt, implement and enforce policies and procedures to comply with Health and Safety Code, Chapter 259 (relating to Surgical Technologists at Health Care Facilities).
(3) There shall be an adequate number of RNs on duty to meet the following minimum staff requirements: director of the department (or designee), and supervisory and staff personnel for each service area to assure the immediate availability of an RN for emergency care or for any patient when needed.
(A) An RN shall assign the nursing care of each patient to other nursing personnel in accordance with the patient's needs and the preparation and qualifications of the nursing staff available.
(B) There shall be other nursing personnel in sufficient numbers to provide nursing care not requiring the service of an RN.
(4) An RN qualified, at a minimum, with current certification in basic cardiac life support shall be on duty and on the premises at all times whenever patients are present in the facility.
(b) Additional staffing requirements. In addition to meeting the requirements for nursing staff under subsection (a) of this section, facilities shall comply with the following minimum staffing requirements.
(1) Facilities that provide only topical anesthesia, local anesthesia and/or minimal sedation are required to have a second individual on duty on the premises who is trained and currently certified in basic cardiac life support until all patients have been discharged from the facility.
(2) Facilities that provide moderate sedation/analgesia are required to have the following additional staff:
(A) a second individual on duty on the premises who is trained and currently certified in basic cardiac life support until all patients have been discharged from the facility; and
(B) an individual trained and currently certified in advanced cardiac life support and, if surgery is performed on pediatric patients, pediatric advanced life support shall be available until all patients have been discharged from the postanesthesia care unit.
(3) Facilities that provide deep sedation/analgesia, general anesthesia, and/or regional anesthesia shall have the following additional staff:
(A) a second individual on duty on the premises who is trained and currently certified in basic cardiac life support until all patients have been discharged from the facility; and
(B) an individual who is trained and currently certified in advanced cardiac life support and, if surgery is performed on pediatric patients, pediatric advanced life support shall be on duty on the premises and sufficiently free of other duties to enable the individual to respond rapidly to emergency situations until all patients have been discharged from the postanesthesia care unit.
(c) Nursing peer review committees. The facility shall establish a nursing peer review committee to conduct nursing peer review, as required by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 303.

25 Tex. Admin. Code § 135.15

The provisions of this §135.15 adopted to be effective June 18, 2009, 34 TexReg 3948; amended to be effective November 25, 2010, 35 TexReg 10232; Amended by Texas Register, Volume 45, Number 04, January 24, 2020, TexReg 578, eff. January 26, 2020