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R386. Health, Disease Control and Prevention, Epidemiology.

Rule R386-703. Injury Reporting Rule.

As in effect on October 1, 2014

Table of Contents

R386-703-1. Purpose Statement.

(1) The Injury Reporting Rule is adopted under authority of Sections 26-1-30 and 26-6-3.

(2) The Injury Reporting Rule establishes an injury surveillance and reporting system for major injuries occurring in Utah. Injuries constitute a leading cause of death and disability in Utah and, therefore, pose an important risk to public health.

(3) Rule R386-703 is adopted with the intent of identifying causes of major injury which can be reduced or eliminated, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality.

R386-703-2. Injury Definition.

(1) Injury is defined as bodily damage resulting from exposure to physical agents such as mechanical energy, thermal energy, ionizing radiation, or chemicals, or resulting from the deprivation of basic environmental requirements such as oxygen or heat. Mechanical energy injuries include acceleration and deceleration injuries, blunt trauma, and penetrating wound injuries.

R386-703-3. Reportable Injuries.

(1) The Utah Department of Health declares the following injuries to be of concern to the public's health. Each case shall be reported to the Utah Department of Health as described in R386-703-4.

(a) Acute traumatic brain injury. Reportable acute traumatic brain injuries include head injuries of sufficient severity to cause death or to require admission to a hospital. Acute traumatic brain injuries may be associated with transient or persistent neurological dysfunction, and may be diagnosed as brain concussions, brain contusions, or traumatic intracranial hemorrhages.

(b) Acute spinal cord injury. Reportable acute spinal cord injuries include traumatic injuries to the contents of the spinal canal, spinal cord or cauda equina, which result in death or which result in transient or persistent neurological dysfunction of sufficient severity to require hospital admission.

(c) Blunt force injury. Reportable injuries include all blunt force injuries which result in death or which are of sufficient severity to require hospital admission.

(d) Drowning and near drowning. Reportable drownings and near drownings include all water immersion injuries resulting in death and other water immersion injuries of sufficient severity to require hospital admission.

(e) Asphyxiation. Reportable asphyxiations include injuries which arise from atmospheric oxygen deprivation or from traumatic respiratory obstruction which result in death or which are of sufficient severity to require hospital admission.

(f) Burns. Reportable burn injuries include injuries resulting from acute thermal exposure or exposure to fire which result in death or which are of sufficient severity to require hospital admission.

(g) Electrocution. Reportable electrocution injuries include injuries arising from exposure to electricity which result in death or which are of sufficient severity to require hospital admission.

(h) Elevated Blood Lead. Reportable cases of elevated blood lead levels include all persons with whole blood lead concentrations equal to or greater than 10 micrograms per deciliter.

(i) Chemical Poisoning. Reportable cases of chemical poisoning include all persons with acute exposure to toxic chemical substances which result in death or which require hospital admission or hospital emergency department evaluation. Unintentional adverse health effects resulting from the use of pharmacological agents as prescribed by physicians do not require reporting under this rule.

(j) Intentional Injuries. Reportable intentional injuries include all cases of suicide or attempted suicide resulting in hospital admission and all cases of homicide, attempted homicide, or battery resulting in hospitalization.

(k) Injuries Related to Substance Abuse. Reportable injuries include all cases of injury resulting in death or hospitalization and associated with alcohol or drug intoxication of any person involved in the injury occurrence.

(l) Traumatic Amputations. Reportable amputations include traumatic amputations of a limb or part of a limb which result in death or which require hospital admission or hospital emergency department treatment. Only amputations resulting in bone loss shall be reported.

R386-703-4. Report Requirements.

(1) Case Report Contents. Unless otherwise specified, each injury report shall provide the following information pertaining to the injured person: name, date of birth or age if date of birth is unknown, sex, address of residence, date of injury, type of injury, external cause of injury, locale of injury, intentionality, relation of injury to occupation, disposition of the injured person, and the individual or agency submitting the report. A standard report format has been adopted and shall be supplied to reporting sources by the Department of Health upon request.

(2) Agencies or Individuals Required to Report Injuries. A reportable injury evaluated or treated at a hospital shall be reported by that hospital. Reportable injuries not evaluated at a hospital shall be reported by the involved physician, nurse, other health care practitioner, medical examiner, or laboratory administrator.

(3) Time Requirements. Persons required to report shall submit their reports to the local health department or the Utah Department of Health within 60 days of the time of diagnosis or recognition of injury. In the event of an unusual or excessive occurrence of injuries which may arise from a continuing or immediate threat to the public's health, persons required to report shall immediately report by telephone to the local health officer or to the Utah Department of Health.

(4) Case Report Destinations. Each case of injury shall be reported to the Utah Department of Health or to the local health department responsible for the geographic area where the injury occurred.

(a) The local health officer shall forward all original reports to the Utah Department of Health. Local health departments may maintain copies of these reports.

(b) Except as noted in R386-703-4(c), (d) and (e), case reports shall be sent to the Bureau of Epidemiology of the Utah Department of Health.

(c) In fatal cases, submission of completed death certificates to the Bureau of Vital Records fulfills reporting requirements.

(d) In cases evaluated in hospital emergency departments, submission of properly completed hospital emergency department logs to the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services will fulfill reporting requirements, provided that the records are submitted through an electronic medium in a computer database format acceptable to the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.

(e) In cases where reportable injuries listed in R386-703-3 are reported under the requirements of the Utah Health Data Authority Act, 26-33a, the data supplier may notify the Utah Department of Health in writing that information relating to individuals with a reportable injury will be supplied to the Bureau of Epidemiology before the identifying information is removed from the data file. Any data provided in this manner fulfills reporting requirements. If permission is not granted by the data supplier, duplicate reporting is required.

R386-703-5. Special Investigations of Injury.

(1) The Utah Department of Health and local health departments may conduct epidemiologic investigations of injury occurrence. The Utah Department of Health and local health departments may collect additional information pertaining to risk factors, medical condition, and circumstances of injury. Hospitals and other health care providers shall, upon request, provide authorized health personnel the occasion to inspect medical records of reportable injuries. The Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Industrial Commission, Utah Department of Public Safety, and local public safety agencies shall make available to authorized health personnel information on reportable injuries.

R386-703-6. Confidentiality of Reports.

(1) All reports herein required are confidential and are not open to public inspection. The confidentiality of personal information obtained under this rule shall be maintained according to the provisions of Sections 26-6-27 through 26-6-30. Nothing in this rule, however, precludes the discussion of case information with the attending physician or public health workers.

R386-703-7. Penalties.

(1) Enforcement provisions and penalties for the violation or for the enforcement of public health rules, including this Injury Reporting Rule, are prescribed under Sections 26-23-3 through 26-23-6.

KEY

rules and procedures, injury

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

January 1, 1997

Notice of Continuation

March 14, 2011

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

26-1-30


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R386, please contact the promulgating agency (Health, Disease Control and Prevention, Epidemiology). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.