Long-Term Care Facility

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Department of Public Health

Serious Incident

DPH requires you to report any incident that seriously affected the health and safety of a resident or that caused serious physical injury to the resident.

DPH uses the term “serious incident” to cover several broad categories of reportable events. In addition to the above, it also includes any of the following:

  • A resident death that is
    • The result of an error
    • Unrelated to the natural course of the patient’s illness or underlying condition, or
    • Unanticipated
  • Full or partial evacuation of the facility for any reason
  • Fire
  • Suicide
  • A serious criminal act
  • Pending or actual strike action by its employees, and contingency plans for operation of the facility
  • A reportable condition or illness that is 1) believed to be part of a cluster or outbreak, 2) believed to be unusual, 3) related to food consumption or 4) believed to be transmissible through food.
    • Illness: An abnormal condition or functional impairment resulting from infection, metabolic abnormalities, physical or physiological injury or other cause, marked by subjective complaints and clinical signs
    • Unusual Illness: An illness, by any indication, occurring for the first time or under rare circumstances, or an illness associated with signs and symptoms not otherwise expected to occur based on the known or presumed etiology of the illness.

These events are reportable if they occurred on premises covered by your facility's license.

Reference: 105 CMR § 150.002(G)(1)(3) (Note that DPH has the regulatory authority to add to this list of serious incidents through guidance.)

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