TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER f: EMERGENCY SERVICES AND HIGHWAY SAFETY
PART 515 EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, TRAUMA CENTER, PRIMARY STROKE CENTER AND EMERGENT STROKE READY HOSPITAL CODE
SECTION 515.830 AMBULANCE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS


 

Section 515.830  Ambulance Licensing Requirements

 

a)         Vehicle Design

 

1)         Each new vehicle used as an ambulance shall comply with the criteria established by the U.S. General Services Administration's Specification for Ambulance (KKK-A-1822F), with the exception of Section 3.16.2, Color, Paint and Finish.

 

2)         A licensed vehicle shall be exempt from subsequent vehicle design standards or specifications required by the Department in this Part, as long as said vehicle is continuously in compliance with the vehicle design standards and specifications originally applicable to that vehicle, or until said vehicle's title of ownership is transferred. (Section 3.85(b)(8) of the Act)

 

3)         The following requirements listed in Specification KKK-A-1822F shall be considered mandatory in Illinois even though they are listed as optional in that publication:

 

A)        3.7.7.1 Each vehicle will be equipped with either a battery charger or battery conditioner (see 3.15.3 item 7).

 

B)        3.8.5.2 Patient compartment checkout lights will be provided (see 3.15.3 item 9).

 

C)        3.12.1 An oxygen outlet will be provided above the secondary patient (see 3.15.4 M9).

 

D)        3.15.4M3 Electric clock with sweep second hand will be provided.

 

b)         Equipment Requirements – Basic Life Support Vehicles

Each ambulance used as a Basic Life Support vehicle shall meet the following equipment requirements, as determined by the Department by an inspection:

 

1)         Stretchers, Cots, and Litters

 

A)        Primary Patient Cot

Shall meet the requirements of sections 3.11.5, 3.11.8.1 of KKK-A-1822F.

 

B)        Secondary Patient Stretcher

Shall meet the requirements of sections 3.11.5, 3.11.5.1, 3.11.8.1 of KKK-A-1822F.

 

2)         Oxygen, portable

Shall meet the operational requirements of section 3.12.2 of KKK-A-1822-F.

 

3)         Suction, portable

 

A)        Shall meet the operational requirements of section 3.12.4 of KKK-A-1822F.

 

B)        A manually operated suction device is acceptable if approved by the Department.

 

4)         Medical Equipment

 

A)        Squeeze bag-valve-mask ventilation unit with adult size transparent mask and child size bag-valve-mask ventilation unit with child, infant and newborn size transparent masks

 

B)        Lower-extremity traction splint, adult and pediatric sizes

 

C)        Blood pressure cuff, one each, adult, child and infant sizes and gauge

 

D)        Stethoscopes, two per vehicle

 

E)        Pneumatic counterpressure trouser kit, adult size, optional

 

F)         Long spine board with three sets of torso straps, 72" x 16" minimum

 

G)        Short spine board (32" x 16" minimum) with two 9-foot torso straps, one chin and head strap or equivalent vest type (wrap around) per vehicle; extrication device optional

 

H)        Airway, oropharyngeal – adult, child, and infant, sizes 00-5

 

I)         Airway, nasopharyngeal with lubrication, sizes 12-34F

 

J)         Two adult and two pediatric sized non-rebreather oxygen masks per vehicle 

 

K)        Two infant partial re-breather oxygen masks per vehicle

 

L)        Three nasal cannulas, adult and child size, per vehicle

 

M)       Bandage shears, one per vehicle

 

N)        Extremity splints, adult, two long and short per vehicle

 

O)        Extremity splints, pediatric, two long and short per vehicle

 

P)         Rigid cervical collars – one pediatric, small, medium, and large sizes or adjustable size collars per vehicle.  Shall be made of rigid material to minimize flexion, extension, and lateral rotation of the head and cervical spine when spine injury is suspected

 

Q)        Patient restraints, arm and leg, sets

 

R)        Pulse oximeter with pediatric and adult probes 

 

S)         AED or defibrillator that includes pediatric capability

 

5)         Medical Supplies

 

A)        Trauma dressing – six per vehicle

 

B)        Sterile gauze pads – 20 per vehicle, 4 inches by 4 inches

 

C)        Bandages, soft roller, self-adhering type, 10 per vehicle, 4 inches by 5 yards

 

D)        Vaseline gauze – two per vehicle, 3 inches by 8 inches

 

E)        Adhesive tape rolls – two per vehicle

 

F)         Triangular bandages or slings – five per vehicle

 

G)        Burn sheets – two per vehicle, clean, individually wrapped

 

H)        Sterile solution (normal saline) – four per vehicle, 500 cc or two per vehicle, 1,000 cc plastic bottles or bags

 

I)         Thermal absorbent blanket and head cover, aluminum foil roll or appropriate heat reflective material – minimum one

 

J)         Obstetrical kit, sterile – minimum one, pre-packaged with instruments and bulb syringe

 

K)        Cold packs, three per vehicle

 

L)        Hot packs, three per vehicle, optional

 

M)       Emesis basin – one per vehicle

 

N)        Drinking water – one quart, in nonbreakable container; sterile water may be substituted

 

O)        Ambulance emergency run reports – 10 per vehicle, on a form prescribed by the Department or one that contains the data elements from the Department-prescribed form as described in Section 515.Appendix E of this Part or electronic documentation with paper backup

 

P)         Pillows – two per vehicle, for ambulance cot

 

Q)        Pillowcases – two per vehicle, for ambulance cot

 

R)        Sheets – two per vehicle, for ambulance cot

 

S)         Blankets – two per vehicle, for ambulance cot

 

T)         CPR mask – one per vehicle, with safety valve to prevent backflow of expired air and secretions

 

U)        Urinal

 

V)        Bedpan

 

W)       Remains bag, optional

 

X)        Nonporous disposable gloves

 

Y)        Impermeable red biohazard-labeled isolation bag

 

Z)        Face protection through any combination of masks and eye protection and field shields

 

AA)     Suction catheters – sterile, single use, two each, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 18F, plus three tonsil tip semi-rigid pharyngeal suction tip catheters per vehicle; all shall have a thumb suction control port

 

BB)     Child and infant or convertible car seats

 

CC)     Current equipment/drug dosage sizing tape or pediatric equipment/drug age/weight chart

 

DD)     Flashlight, two per vehicle, for patient assessment

 

EE)      Current Illinois Department of Transportation Safety Inspection sticker (see Illinois Vehicle Code [625 ILCS 5/13-101])

 

FF)      Illinois Poison Center telephone number

 

GG)     Department of Public Health Central Complaint Registry     telephone number posted where visible to the patient

 

c)         Equipment Requirements – Intermediate and Advanced Life Support Vehicles

Each ambulance used as an Intermediate Life Support vehicle or as an Advanced Life Support vehicle shall meet the requirements in subsections (b) and (d) of this Section and shall also comply with the equipment and supply requirements as determined by the EMS Medical Director in the System in which the ambulance and its crew participate.  Drugs shall include both adult and pediatric dosages. These vehicles shall have a current pediatric equipment/drug dosage sizing tape or pediatric equipment/drug dosage age/weight chart.

 

d)         Equipment Requirements – Rescue and/or Extrication

The following equipment shall be carried on the ambulance, unless the ambulance is routinely accompanied by a rescue vehicle:

 

1)         Wrecking bar, 24"

 

2)         Goggles for eye safety

 

3)         Flashlight – one per vehicle, portable, battery operated

 

4)         Fire Extinguisher – two per vehicle, ABC dry chemical, minimum 5-pound unit with quick release brackets.  One mounted in driver compartment and one in patient compartment

 

e)         Equipment Requirements – Communications Capability

Each ambulance shall have reliable ambulance-to-hospital radio communications capability and meet the requirements provided in Section 515.400 of this Part.

 

f)         Equipment Requirements – Epinephrine

A person currently licensed as an EMT-B, EMT-I, or EMT-P who has successfully completed a Department-approved course in the administration of epinephrine shall be required to carry epinephrine (both adult and pediatric doses) with him or her in the ambulance or drug box as part of the EMT medical supplies whenever he or she is performing the duties of an emergency medical technician, within the context of the EMS System plan.  (Section 3.55(a-7) of the Act)

 

g)         Personnel Requirements

 

1)         Each Basic Life Support ambulance shall be staffed by a minimum of one EMT Basic, Intermediate, Paramedic or Pre-Hospital RN and one other EMT Basic, Intermediate, Paramedic, Pre Hospital RN or physician  on all responses.

           

2)         Each ambulance used as an Intermediate Life Support vehicle shall be staffed by a minimum of one Intermediate, Paramedic or Pre-Hospital RN and one other EMT Basic, Intermediate, Paramedic, Pre-Hospital RN or physician on all responses.

 

3)         Each ambulance used as an Advanced Life Support vehicle shall be staffed by a minimum of one Paramedic or Pre-Hospital RN and one other EMT Basic, Intermediate, Paramedic, Pre-Hospital RN or physician on all responses.

 

h)         Alternate Rural Staffing Authorization  

 

1)         A Vehicle Service Provider that serves a rural or semi-rural population of 10,000 or fewer inhabitants and exclusively uses volunteers or paid-on-call personnel or a combination to provide patient care may apply for alternate rural staffing authorization to authorize the ambulance, Non-Transport Vehicle, Special-Use Vehicle, or Limited Operation Vehicle to be staffed by one EMT licensed at or above the level at which the vehicle is licensed, plus one First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder when two licensed Emergency Services Personnel are not available to respond. (Section 2.85(b)(3) of the Act)

 

2)         The EMT licensed at or above the level at which the ambulance is licensed shall be the primary patient care provider in route to the health care facility.

 

3)         The Vehicle Service Provider shall obtain the prior written approval for alternate rural staffing from the EMS MD.  The EMS MD shall submit to the Department a request for an amendment to the existing EMS System plan that clearly demonstrates the need for alternate rural staffing in accordance with subsection (h)(4) and that the alternate rural staffing will not reduce the quality of medical care established by the Act and this Part.

 

4)         A Vehicle Service Provider requesting alternate rural staffing authorization shall clearly demonstrate all of the following:

 

A)        That it has undertaken extensive efforts to recruit and train licensed EMS personnel;

 

B)        That, despite its exhaustive efforts, licensed EMS personnel are       not available; and

 

C)        That, without alternate rural staffing authorization, the rural or semi-rural population of 10,000 or fewer inhabitants served will be unable to meet staffing requirements as specified in subsection (g).

 

5)         The alternate rural staffing authorization and subsequent authorizations shall include beginning and termination dates not to exceed 48 months. The EMS MD shall re-evaluate subsequent requests for authorization for compliance with subsections (h)(4)(A) through (C) of this Section.  Subsequent requests for authorization shall be submitted to the Department for approval in accordance with this Section.

 

6)         Alternate rural staffing authorization may be suspended or revoked, after an opportunity for hearing, if the Department determines that a violation of this Part has occurred. Alternate rural staffing authorization may be summarily suspended by written order of the Director or designee, served on the Vehicle Service Provider, if the Director or designee determines that continued operation under the alternate rural staffing authorization presents an immediate threat to the health or safety of the public.  After summary suspension, the Vehicle Service Provider shall have the opportunity for an expedited hearing.

 

7)         Vehicle Service Providers that cannot meet the alternate rural staffing authorization requirements of this Section may apply through the EMS MD to the Department for a staffing waiver pursuant to Section 515.150.

 

i)          Alternate Response Authorization 

 

1)         A Vehicle Service Provider that exclusively uses volunteers or paid-on-call personnel or a combination to provide patient care who are not required to be stationed with the vehicle may apply to the Department for alternate response authorization to authorize the ambulance, Non-Transport Vehicle, Special-Use Vehicle, or Limited Operation Vehicle licensed by the Department to travel to the scene of an emergency staffed by at least one licensed Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate, Paramedic or Pre-Hospital RN ("Emergency Services Personnel").

 

2)       A Vehicle Service Provider operating under alternate response authorization shall ensure that a second licensed Emergency Services Personnel is on scene or in route to the emergency response location.

 

3)       The Vehicle Service Provider shall demonstrate to the Department that it has safeguards to ensure that no patient will be transported with fewer than two EMTs, at least one of whom shall be licensed at or above the

level of the license for the vehicle, unless the Vehicle Service Provider is approved for alternate rural staffing authorization.

 

4)       Alternate response authorization may be suspended or revoked, after an opportunity for hearing, if the Department determines that a violation of this Part has occurred. Alternate response authorization may be summarily suspended by written order of the Director or designee, served on the Vehicle Service Provider,  if  the Director or designee determines that continued operation under the alternate response authorization presents an immediate threat to the health or safety of the public.  After summary suspension, the licensee shall have the opportunity for an expedited hearing (see Section 515.180).

 

j)          Alternate Response Authorization – Secondary Response Vehicles

 

1)         A Vehicle Service Provider that uses volunteers or paid-on-call personnel or a combination to provide patient care, and staffs its primary response vehicle with personnel stationed with the vehicle, may apply for alternate response authorization for its secondary response vehicles. The secondary or subsequent ambulance, Non-Transport Vehicle, Special-Use Vehicle, or Limited Operation Vehicle licensed by the Department at the BLS, ILS or ALS level, when personnel are not stationed with the vehicle, may respond to the scene of an emergency when the primary vehicle is on another response. The vehicle shall be staffed by at least one licensed Emergency Services Personnel.

 

2)         A Vehicle Service Provider operating under the alternate response authorization shall ensure that a second licensed Emergency Services Personnel provider is on the scene or in route to the emergency response location.

 

3)         The Vehicle Service Provider shall demonstrate to the Department that it has written safeguards to ensure that no patient will be transported with fewer than two EMTs, at least one of whom shall be licensed at or above the level of the license for the ambulance, unless the Vehicle Service Provider is approved for alternate rural staffing authorization under subsection (h).

 

4)         Alternate response authorization for secondary response vehicles may be suspended or revoked, after an opportunity for hearing, if the Department determines that a violation of this Part has occurred. Alternate response authorization for secondary response vehicles may be summarily suspended by written order of the Director or designee, served on the Vehicle Service Provider, if the Director or designee determines that continued operation under the alternate response authorization for secondary vehicles presents an immediate threat to the health or safety of the public.  After summary suspension, the Vehicle Service Provider shall have the opportunity for an expedited hearing (see Section 515.180).

 

k)         Operational Requirements

 

1)         An ambulance that is transporting a patient to a hospital shall be operated in accordance with the requirements of the Act and this Part.

 

2)         A licensee shall operate its ambulance service in compliance with this Part, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  Except as required in this subsection (k), each individual vehicle within the ambulance service shall not be required to operate 24 hours a day, as long as at least one vehicle for each level of service covered by the license is in operation at all times.  An ALS vehicle can be used to provide coverage at either an ALS, ILS or BLS level, and the coverage shall meet the requirements of this Section.

 

A)        At the time of application for initial or renewal licensure, and upon annual inspection, the applicant or licensee shall submit to the Department for approval a list containing the anticipated hours of operation for each vehicle covered by the license.

 

i)          A current roster shall also be submitted that lists the EMS Personnel, Pre-Hospital RNs and physicians who are employed or available to staff each vehicle during its hours of operation.  The roster shall include each staff person's name, license number, license expiration date and daytime telephone number, and shall state whether the person is scheduled to be on site or on call.

 

ii)         An actual or proposed four-week staffing schedule shall also be submitted, which covers all vehicles, includes staff names from the submitted roster, and states whether each staff member is scheduled to be on site or on call during each work shift.

 

B)        Licensees shall obtain the EMS MD's approval of their vehicles' hours of operation prior to submitting an application to the Department.  An EMS MD may require specific hours of operation for individual vehicles to assure appropriate coverage within the System.

 

C)        A Vehicle Service Provider that advertises its service as operating a specific number of vehicles or more than one vehicle shall state in the advertisement the hours of operation for those vehicles, if individual vehicles are not available 24 hours a day.  Any advertised vehicle for which hours of operation are not stated shall be required to operate 24 hours a day.

 

3)         For each patient transported to a hospital, the ambulance staff shall, at a minimum, measure and record the information required in Section 515.Appendix E.

 

4)         A Vehicle Service Provider shall provide emergency service within the service area on a per-need basis without regard to the patient's ability to pay for the service.

 

5)         A Vehicle Service Provider shall provide documentation of procedures to be followed when a call for service is received and a vehicle is not available, including copies of mutual aid agreements with other ambulance providers.  (See Section 515.810(h) of this Part.)

 

6)         A Vehicle Service Provider shall not operate its ambulance at a level exceeding the level for which it is licensed (basic life support, intermediate life support, advanced life support), unless the vehicle is operated pursuant to an EMS System-approved in-field service level upgrade.

 

7)         The Department will inspect ambulances each year.  If the Vehicle Service Provider has no violations of this Section that threaten the health of safety of patients or the publicfor the previous five years and has no substantiated complaints against it, the Department will inspect the Vehicle Service Provider's ambulances in alternate years, and the Vehicle Service Provider may, with the Department's prior approval, self-inspect its ambulances in the other years.  The Vehicle Service Provider shall use the Department's inspection form for self-inspection.  Nothing contained in this subsection (k)(7) shall prevent the Department from conducting unannounced inspections.

 

l)          A licensee may use a replacement vehicle for up to 10 days without a Department inspection provided that the Department is notified of the use of the vehicle by the second working day.

 

m)        Patients, individuals who accompany a patient, and emergency services personnel may not smoke while inside an ambulance or SEMSV.  The Department of Public Health shall impose a civil penalty on an individual who violates this subsection in the amount of $100.  (Section 3.155(h) of the Act)

 

n)        Any provider may request a waiver of any requirements in this Section under the provisions of Section 515.150.

 

(Source:  Amended at 37 Ill. Reg. 5714, effective April 15, 2013)