TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER f: EMERGENCY SERVICES AND HIGHWAY SAFETY
PART 515 EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, TRAUMA CENTER, COMPREHENSIVE STROKE CENTER, PRIMARY STROKE CENTER AND ACUTE STROKE READY HOSPITAL CODE
SECTION 515.320 SCOPE OF EMS SERVICE


 

Section 515.320  Scope of EMS Service

 

a)         All Basic Life Support (BLS), Intermediate Life Support (ILS), and Advanced Life Support (ALS) services, as defined in the Act, shall be provided through EMS Systems.  An individual System shall operate at one or more of those levels of service, as specified in its Program Plan and the Department's letter of approval, using vehicles licensed by the Department pursuant to the Act and this Part.

 

b)         All pre-hospital, inter-hospital and non-emergency medical care, as defined in the Act, shall be provided through EMS Systems, using the levels of Department licensed or approved personnel required by the Act and this Part.

 

c)         An EMS System shall designate a Resource Hospital, which shall have the authority and responsibility for the System, through the EMS Medical Director, as described in the Act, this Part and the System Program Plan.

 

d)         All other hospitals which are located within the geographic boundaries of a System and which have standby, basic or comprehensive level emergency departments must function in that System as either an Associate Hospital or Participating Hospital and follow all System policies specified in the System Program Plan. (Section 3.20(b) of the Act)

 

1)         All hospitals shall be formally affiliated with a System.  A hospital may have a secondary affiliation with another System or may request a waiver to participate in a System other than that in which the hospital is geographically located.  (See Section 515.150(d)(5).)

 

2)         Every System hospital shall identify the level of its emergency department services in its letter of commitment, which is part of the EMS System Program Plan to be submitted to the Department.

 

3)         An "Associate Hospital" shall provide the same clinical and communications services as the Resource Hospital, but shall not have the primary responsibility for personnel training and System operations.  It shall have a basic or comprehensive emergency department with 24-hour physician coverage and a functioning intensive care and/or cardiac care unit.

 

4)         A "Participating Hospital" may or may not have communications/monitoring capabilities.

 

5)         All System hospitals shall agree to replace medical supplies and provide for equipment exchange for System vehicles.

 

6)         All System hospitals monitoring telecommunications from EMS field personnel shall provide voice orders either by the EMS Medical Director, a physician appointed by the EMS Medical Director, or an Emergency Communications Registered Nurse (ECRN).

 

7)         All System hospitals shall allow the Department, the EMS Medical Director and EMS System Coordinator access to all records, equipment, vehicles and personnel during their activities evaluating the Act and this Part.

 

e)         The Resource Hospital shall appoint an EMS Medical Director (EMSMD). For an ILS or ALS level EMS System the EMSMD shall be a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches in Illinois, and certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine or the American Board of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine, and for a BLS level EMS System the EMSMD shall be a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches in Illinois, with regular and frequent involvement in pre-hospital emergency medical services.  In addition, all EMSMDs shall:

 

1)         Have experience on an EMS vehicle at the highest level available within the System, or make provision to gain such experience within 12 months prior to the date responsibility for the System is assumed or within 90 days after assuming the position; and

 

2)         Be thoroughly knowledgeable of all skills included in the scope of practices of all levels of EMS personnel within the System; and

 

3)         Have or make provision to gain experience instructing students at a level similar to that of the levels of EMS personnel within the System; and

 

4)         For ILS and ALS EMS Medical Directors, successfully complete a Department-approved EMS Medical Director's Course.  (Section 3.20(c)(6) of the Act)

 

f)         The EMS Medical Director shall appoint an alternate EMS Medical Director and establish a written protocol addressing the functions to be carried out in his or her absence. (Section 3.35(b) of the Act)

 

g)         An EMS System utilizing Specialized Emergency Medical Service Vehicles (SEMSVs) shall appoint and/or approve the SEMSV Medical Director(s) to manage and direct the use of SEMSVs and their personnel within the System.  He or she shall be a physician who has met at least the following qualifications:

 

1)         One or more of the following:

 

A)        Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) or American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM) through the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or

 

B)        Completion of a residency in emergency or osteopathic emergency medicine as prescribed by one of the above Boards; or

 

C)        Completion of a 12-month internship followed by 60 months plus 7,000 hours of hospital based emergency or osteopathic emergency medicine (2,800 of the 7,000 hours must be completed within one 24-month period), and documentation of 50 hours of related continuing education for each complete year of practice; and

 

2)         Completion of advanced cardiac life support and advanced trauma life support courses; and

 

3)         For aircraft programs, completion of training covering inflight treatment modalities, altitude physiology, and infection; and

 

4)         For watercraft programs, completion of training covering diving accident physiology and treatment, and drowning in cold, warm, fresh and salt water.

 

h)         The Resource Hospital shall appoint a full-time EMS System Coordinator, who shall be responsible for coordinating the educational and functional aspects of the System, as described in the Program Plan.  He or she shall be a Registered Professional Nurse or EMT-P licensed in the State of Illinois, and meet at least the following qualifications:

 

1)         Be trained and knowledgeable in dysrhythmia identification and treatment,

 

2)         Have a diverse background in critical care, and

 

3)         Within one year after being appointed, complete in-field observation and/or participation on at least 10 ambulance runs at the highest level of service provided by the System.

 

i)          The Resource Hospital shall appoint an EMS Administrative Director, who shall be responsible for administrative operations of the System as described in the Program Plan.

 

j)          To avoid any conflict of interest, the EMS Medical Director, EMS System Coordinator and EMS Administrative Director shall notify the Department in writing of any association with an ambulance service provider through employment, contract, ownership, or otherwise specifying how he or she is answerable to or directed by such ambulance service provider concerning any matter falling within the scope of the Act or this Part.  The Department shall review and address potential or actual conflicts of interest on a case-by-case basis.

 

k)         The Resource Hospital must identify the EMS System in the facility's budget, with sufficient funds to support the EMS Medical Director, EMS System Coordinator and support staff and to provide for the operation of the EMS System.

 

(Source:  Amended at 25 Ill. Reg. 16386, effective December 20, 2001)