DCBS defines “routine health care” as routine care in an office setting, to treat symptomatic, chronic or acute illnesses, and diseases to include:
- Preventive care measures, such as physicals;
- Simple laboratory tests (not to include testing for HIV/AIDS);
- Treatment of communicable diseases;
- Non-invasive radiology procedures;
- Routine suturing of minor lacerations;
- Routine dental care; and
- Other medical procedures not listed, but generally governed by implied consent guidelines in the community setting.
DCBS defines “non-routine health care” as any medical or surgical treatment not listed in the definition of routine health care. Non-routine health care requires a parent or legal guardian to consent to care. If the parent or legal guardian is unavailable, DCBS staff consults regional management for assistance in determining appropriate steps for consent. This may involve consultation with the regional attorney regarding the need for judicial intervention.