SUBCHAPTER 14L – STROKE CENTER DESIGNATION
SECTION .0100 – DEFINITIONS
10a ncac 14L .0101 DEFINITIONS
The following definitions apply throughout this Subchapter:
(1) "Acute Stroke Care" means the
process for the assessment and treatment of patients experiencing an acute
(2) "Acute Stroke Ready" means a
hospital that has satisfied all requirements for certification as an acute
stroke ready hospital from a nationally recognized hospital accrediting
(3) "Catchment Area" means the geographical area from which a hospital's patients are drawn.
(4) "Comprehensive Stroke Care" means
care provided by hospitals that meet or exceed the requirements put forward by
nationally-recognized hospital accrediting organizations and have developed the
infrastructure, staff, and training necessary to receive and treat patients
with the most complex stroke cases, including advanced imaging capabilities, 24
hours per day, seven days per week, with availability of specialized
treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for
complex stroke patients through the certification process required by
(5) "Comprehensive Stroke Center"
means a hospital that has satisfied all requirements for certification from a
nationally recognized hospital certifying organization for the provision of
comprehensive stroke care.
(6) "Conditional Designation" means a
hospital that is pursuing certification but has not satisfied all certification
requirements of the national accrediting body to qualify for Comprehensive
Stroke Center or Primary Stroke Center or Acute Stroke Ready Hospital
(7) "Department" means the Department
of Health and Human Services.
(8) "Designated Stroke Center" means
a hospital that has presented evidence to the Department of current
certification by a national accrediting organization as a Comprehensive Stroke
Center or Primary Stroke Center or Acute Stroke Ready Hospital.
(9) "Designation" means the
recognition by the Department of a hospital's certification by a nationally
recognized hospital certifying organization for the provision of stroke care as
set forth in Items (2), (5), and (13) of this Rule.
(10) "EMS System" means those entities that
are approved by the Department in accordance with 10A NCAC 13P .0201 of the EMS
and Trauma rules.
(11) "EMS Provider" means those
entities defined in G.S. 131E-155(13a) that hold a current license issued by
the Department pursuant to G.S. 131E-155.1.
(12) "Office of Emergency Medical Services
(OEMS)" means a section of the Division of Health Service Regulation of
the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services located at 1201
Umstead Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603.
(13) "Primary Stroke Center" means a
hospital that has satisfied all requirements for certification from a
nationally recognized hospital accrediting organization for the provision of
acute stroke care.
History Note: Authority G.S. 143B-10; 131E-78.5;
Eff. February 1, 2015.