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Public Act 102-0079


 

Public Act 0079 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  
  

 


 
Public Act 102-0079
 
SB0121 EnrolledLRB102 10139 CPF 15461 b

    AN ACT concerning regulation.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems
Act is amended by changing Section 3.55 as follows:
 
    (210 ILCS 50/3.55)
    Sec. 3.55. Scope of practice.
    (a) Any person currently licensed as an EMR, EMT, EMT-I,
A-EMT, PHRN, PHAPRN, PHPA, or Paramedic may perform emergency
and non-emergency medical services as defined in this Act, in
accordance with his or her level of education, training and
licensure, the standards of performance and conduct prescribed
by the Department in rules adopted pursuant to this Act, and
the requirements of the EMS System in which he or she
practices, as contained in the approved Program Plan for that
System. The Director may, by written order, temporarily modify
individual scopes of practice in response to public health
emergencies for periods not exceeding 180 days.
    (a-5) EMS personnel who have successfully completed a
Department approved course in automated defibrillator
operation and who are functioning within a Department approved
EMS System may utilize such automated defibrillator according
to the standards of performance and conduct prescribed by the
Department in rules adopted pursuant to this Act and the
requirements of the EMS System in which they practice, as
contained in the approved Program Plan for that System.
    (a-7) An EMT, EMT-I, A-EMT, PHRN, PHAPRN, PHPA, or
Paramedic who has successfully completed a Department approved
course in the administration of epinephrine shall be required
to carry epinephrine with him or her as part of the EMS
personnel medical supplies whenever he or she is performing
official duties as determined by the EMS System. The
epinephrine may be administered from a glass vial,
auto-injector, ampule, or pre-filled syringe.
    (b) An EMR, EMT, EMT-I, A-EMT, PHRN, PHAPRN, PHPA, or
Paramedic may practice as an EMR, EMT, EMT-I, A-EMT, or
Paramedic or utilize his or her EMR, EMT, EMT-I, A-EMT, PHRN,
PHAPRN, PHPA, or Paramedic license in pre-hospital or
inter-hospital emergency care settings or non-emergency
medical transport situations, under the written or verbal
direction of the EMS Medical Director. For purposes of this
Section, a "pre-hospital emergency care setting" may include a
location, that is not a health care facility, which utilizes
EMS personnel to render pre-hospital emergency care prior to
the arrival of a transport vehicle. The location shall include
communication equipment and all of the portable equipment and
drugs appropriate for the EMR, EMT, EMT-I, A-EMT, or
Paramedic's level of care, as required by this Act, rules
adopted by the Department pursuant to this Act, and the
protocols of the EMS Systems, and shall operate only with the
approval and under the direction of the EMS Medical Director.
    This Section shall not prohibit an EMR, EMT, EMT-I, A-EMT,
PHRN, PHAPRN, PHPA, or Paramedic from practicing within an
emergency department or other health care setting for the
purpose of receiving continuing education or training approved
by the EMS Medical Director. This Section shall also not
prohibit an EMT, EMT-I, A-EMT, PHRN, PHAPRN, PHPA, or
Paramedic from seeking credentials other than his or her EMT,
EMT-I, A-EMT, PHRN, PHAPRN, PHPA, or Paramedic license and
utilizing such credentials to work in emergency departments or
other health care settings under the jurisdiction of that
employer.
    (c) An EMT, EMT-I, A-EMT, PHRN, PHAPRN, PHPA, or Paramedic
may honor Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders and powers of
attorney for health care only in accordance with rules adopted
by the Department pursuant to this Act and protocols of the EMS
System in which he or she practices.
    (d) A student enrolled in a Department approved EMS
personnel program, while fulfilling the clinical training and
in-field supervised experience requirements mandated for
licensure or approval by the System and the Department, may
perform prescribed procedures under the direct supervision of
a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its
branches, a qualified registered professional nurse, or
qualified EMS personnel, only when authorized by the EMS
Medical Director.
    (e) An EMR, EMT, EMT-I, A-EMT, PHRN, PHAPRN, PHPA, or
Paramedic may transport a police dog injured in the line of
duty to a veterinary clinic or similar facility if there are no
persons requiring medical attention or transport at that time.
For the purposes of this subsection, "police dog" means a dog
owned or used by a law enforcement department or agency in the
course of the department or agency's work, including a search
and rescue dog, service dog, accelerant detection canine, or
other dog that is in use by a county, municipal, or State law
enforcement agency.
    (f) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit an
EMT, EMT-I, A-EMT, Paramedic, or PHRN from completing an
initial Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire on behalf of fire
service personnel, as permitted by his or her EMS System
Medical Director.
(Source: P.A. 99-862, eff. 1-1-17; 100-108, eff. 1-1-18;
100-1082, eff. 8-24-19.)

Effective Date: 1/1/2022