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    Mail Code: 1960
    PO BOX 149347 - Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street, Suite T801
    Austin, TX 78714

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Infection Prevention

Infection Prevention



Special Waste from Health Care-Related Facilities (SWFHCRF)

Two State agencies: the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) address SWFHCRF also known as Regulated Medical Waste.  

The purpose of the DSHS sections is to provide a definition of the term SWFHCRF, approve methods for the treatment and disposition of the waste, identify the entities that are subject to the provisions of these sections, and provide for the orderly application of the sections to covered entities.   See$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=25&pt=1&ch=1&sch=K&rl=Y for the DSHS section of the medical waste rules.

The purpose of the TCEQ portion of the rules is to establish procedures and requirements for the handling, transportation, and disposal of medical waste as defined in §330.3 of this title (relating to Definitions) that the Board of Health has determined requires special handling to protect human health or the environment. See:$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=30&pt=1&ch=330&sch=Y&rl=Y for more information. 

Also, on December 9, 2015, the TCEQ commissioners approved the Medical Waste rule proposal. The rule will be filed with the Texas Register and is available for public comment from December 25, 2015 until February 8, 2016. A public hearing is scheduled will be held in Austin on January 25, 2016 at the TCEQ Headquarters located at 12100 Park 35 Circle, Building E, Room 201S.  You may read more about the Medical Waste rule on the rule webpage and submit comments via eComments on the TCEQ Rule Proposals webpage.


Release of Placenta from a Hospital or Birthing Center for Personal Use

HB 1670 of the 84th regular session of the legislature passed an act allowing for the possession and release of a placenta from a hospital or birthing center.  The guidance for the process of releasing the placenta and the documentation from the Texas Department of State Health Services is available in Consent to Release Placenta (PDF).   For questions or additional information related to the release of a placenta from a hospital or birthing center please contact Allison Hughes, at 512-834-6775.

Texas Society of Infection Control & Prevention Presents:

MDROs and Clostridium difficile One Day Conference

Introduction to MDRO (PPT, 1305 KB)

Emerging MDROs and Overview of Clostridium difficile (PPT, 3361 KB)

Prevention and Control (PPT, 3863 KB)

Controlling the Spread of MDROs (PPT, 2452 KB)

Working with Other Facilities and Tools for Change (PPT, 1935 KB)

Antibiotic Stewardship (PPT, 3541 KB)



Last updated March 18, 2016