(A) Except in an emergency, in the interest of assignment to the appropriate service, no patient shall be admitted to the hospital until after a provisional diagnosis has been stated by the patient's attending physician a member of the attending staff, limited staff member or other licensed healthcare professional who is appropriately credentialed by the hospital and under the supervision of the responsible medical staff member. The request for admission shall also include the following information:
- Any facts essential for the protection of the general hospital population against unnecessary exposure to infectious and other communicable diseases.
- Any information which will warn responsible hospital personnel of any tendency of any patient to commit suicide or to injure others because of mental disturbance.
- Any information concerning physical condition or personality idiosyncrasy which might be objectionable to other patients who might be occupying the same or adjoining rooms.
(B) It shall be the responsibility of the attending physician to notify hospital or medical staff personnel of the existence of mental or substance disorders and to order such precautionary measures as may be necessary to assure protection of the patient and the protection of others whenever a patient might be a source of danger. The attending physician is responsible to provide a comprehensive plan of care, including emergency care.
(Board approval dates: 9/18/2009, 4/6/2016)