Revision 23-2; Effective Sept. 15, 2023

3710 Clinical Emergencies

Revision 23-2; Effective Sept. 15, 2023

Grantees must be adequately prepared to handle clinical emergency situations, as follows:

  • There must be a written plan for the management of on-site medical emergencies, emergencies requiring ambulance services and hospital admission.
  • Each site must have staff trained in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency medical action. Staff trained in CPR must be present during all hours of clinic operations.
  • There must be written protocols to address vasovagal reactions, anaphylaxis, syncope, cardiac arrest, shock, hemorrhage and respiratory difficulties.
  • Each site must maintain emergency resuscitative drugs, supplies, and equipment appropriate to the services provided at that site and appropriately trained staff when clients are present.
  • Documentation must be maintained in personnel files that staff have been trained regarding these written plans or protocols.

Dental Emergency Responsiveness

The dental office or clinic must have a written emergency plan that includes criteria for management of emergencies. The plan must be reviewed annually and as needed. Requirements for emergencies can be found at the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners website and in the Texas rule for Minimum Standard of Care.

3720 Emergency Preparedness

Revision 23-2; Effective Sept. 15, 2023

There must be a written safety plan that includes maintenance of fire safety equipment, an emergency evacuation plan and a disaster response plan.

Disaster Response Plan

Grantees must have written Disaster Response plans that address how staff must respond to emergency situations (i.e., fires, flooding, power outage, bomb threats, etc.). The disaster plan must identify the procedures and processes that will be initiated during a disaster and the staff (positions) responsible for each activity. A disaster response plan must be in writing, formally communicated to staff and kept in the workplace available to employees for review. For an employer with 10 or fewer employees, the plan may be communicated orally to employees.

For additional resources on facilities and equipment, see the Occupational Safety and Health Administration website.