§ 6.13. Any hospital licensed under this Act may provide a program or service for the temporary
custodial care of mildly ill children who, because of their illness, are unable to
attend school or to participate in their normal day care program. The Department shall develop minimum standards, rules and regulations to govern
the operation of a sick child day program which is operated by a hospital and located
on the hospital's licensed premises. Any such standards, rules and regulations shall provide that:
(a) a sick child day program may be located anywhere on the hospital's licensed premises,
including patient care units, when the following conditions are met:
(1) Children in the sick child day program shall not simultaneously occupy the same
room as a hospital patient; and
(2) Children in the sick child day program who are recovering from non-contagious
conditions shall be cared for in a room separate from children registered in the program
who have contagious conditions.
(b) children registered in a sick child day program are not considered to be hospital
patients, and are not required to be under the professional care of a member of the
hospital's medical staff except in those cases where emergency medical treatment is
needed during the time the child is on the program premises; and
(c) medication may be administered to a child in a sick child program when the following
conditions are met:
(1) Prescription medications shall be labeled with the child's name, directions for
administering the medication, the date, the physician's name, the prescription number,
and the dispensing drug store or pharmacy. Only current prescription medications will be administered by the program. Nothing in this paragraph (1) shall be construed to prohibit program staff from
administering medication prescribed by any licensed professional who is permitted
by law to do so, whether or not the professional is a member of the hospital's medical
(2) Written parental permission shall be obtained before non-prescription medication
is administered. Such medication shall be administered in accordance with package instructions.
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