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92_HB0279sam001 LRB9203773ACsbam 1 AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 279 2 AMENDMENT NO. . Amend House Bill 279 by replacing 3 everything after the enacting clause with the following: 4 "Section 90. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 5 Systems Act is amended by changing Section 3.70 as follows: 6 (210 ILCS 50/3.70) 7 Sec. 3.70. Emergency Medical Dispatcher. 8 (a) "Emergency Medical Dispatcher" means a person who 9 has successfully completed a training course in emergency 10 medical dispatching
coursemeeting or exceeding the national 11 curriculum of the United States Department of Transportation 12 in accordance with rules adopted by the Department pursuant 13 to this Act, who accepts calls from the public for emergency 14 medical services and dispatches designated emergency medical 15 services personnel and vehicles. The Emergency Medical 16 Dispatcher must use the Department-approved emergency medical 17 dispatch priority reference system (EMDPRS) protocol selected 18 for use by its agency and approved by its EMS medical 19 director. This protocol must be used by an emergency medical 20 dispatcher in an emergency medical dispatch agency to 21 dispatch aid to medical emergencies which includes 22 systematized caller interrogation questions; systematized -2- LRB9203773ACsbam 1 prearrival support instructions; and systematized coding 2 protocols that match the dispatcher's evaluation of the 3 injury or illness severity with the vehicle response mode and 4 vehicle response configuration and includes an appropriate 5 training curriculum and testing process consistent with the 6 specific EMDPRS protocol used by the emergency medical 7 dispatch agency. Prearrival support instructions shall be 8 provided in a non-discretionary manner and shall be provided 9 in accordance with the EMDPRS established by the EMS medical 10 director of the EMS system in which the EMD operates. may or11 may not provide prearrival medical instructions to the12 caller, at the discretion of the entity or agency that13 employs him. Such instructions shall be provided in14 accordance with protocols established by the EMS Medical15 Director of the EMS System in which the dispatcher operates.16 If the dispatcher operates under the authority of an 17 Emergency Telephone System Board established under the 18 Emergency Telephone System Act, the protocols shall be 19 established by such Board in consultation with the EMS 20 Medical Director. Persons who have already completed a 21 course of instruction in emergency medical dispatch based on, 22 equivalent to or exceeding the national curriculum of the 23 United States Department of Transportation, or as otherwise 24 approved by the Department, shall be considered Emergency 25 Medical Dispatchers on the effective date of this amendatory 26 Act. 27 (b) The Department shall have the authority and 28 responsibility to: 29 (1) Require certification and recertification of a 30 person who meets the training and other requirements as 31 an emergency medical dispatcher pursuant to this Act. 32 (2) Require certification and recertification of a 33 person, organization, or government agency that operates 34 an emergency medical dispatch agency that meets the -3- LRB9203773ACsbam 1 minimum standards prescribed by the Department for an 2 emergency medical dispatch agency pursuant to this Act. 3 (3) (1)Prescribe minimum education and continuing 4 education requirements for the Emergency Medical 5 Dispatcher, which meet or exceedthe national curriculum 6 of the United States Department of Transportation, 7 through rules adopted pursuant to this Act. ;8 (4) Require each EMD and EMD agency to report to 9 the Department whenever an action has taken place that 10 may require the revocation or suspension of a certificate 11 issued by the Department. 12 (5) Require each EMD to provide prearrival 13 instructions in compliance with protocols selected and 14 approved by the system's EMS medical director and 15 approved by the Department. 16 (2) Require the Emergency Medical Dispatcher to17 notify the Department of the EMS System(s) in which he18 operates;19 (3) Require the Emergency Medical Dispatcher who20 provides prearrival instructions to callers to comply21 with the protocols for such instructions established by22 the EMS Medical Director(s) and Emergency Telephone23 System Board or Boards, or in the absence of an Emergency24 Telephone System Board or Boards the governmental agency25 performing the duties of an Emergency Telephone System26 Board or Boards, of the EMS System or Systems in which he27 operates;28 (6) (4)Require the Emergency Medical Dispatcher to 29 keep the Department currently informed as to the entity 30 or agency that employs or supervises his activities as an 31 Emergency Medical Dispatcher. ;32 (5) (Blank). Establish a mechanism for phasing in33 the Emergency Medical Dispatcher requirements over a34 five-year period;-4- LRB9203773ACsbam 1 (7) Establish an annual recertification requirement 2 that requires at least 12 hours of medical 3 dispatch-specific continuing education each year. 4 (8) Approve all EMDPRS protocols used by emergency 5 medical dispatch agencies to assure compliance with 6 national standards. 7 (9) Require that Department-approved emergency 8 medical dispatch training programs are conducted in 9 accordance with national standards. 10 (10) Require that the emergency medical dispatch 11 agency be operated in accordance with national standards, 12 including, but not limited to, (i) the use on every 13 request for medical assistance of an emergency medical 14 dispatch priority reference system (EMDPRS) in accordance 15 with Department-approved policies and procedures and (ii) 16 under the approval and supervision of the EMS medical 17 director, the establishment of a continuous quality 18 improvement program. 19 (11) Require that a person may not represent 20 himself or herself, nor may an agency or business 21 represent an agent or employee of that agency or 22 business, as an emergency medical dispatcher unless 23 certified by the Department as an emergency medical 24 dispatcher. 25 (12) Require that a person, organization, or 26 government agency not represent itself as an emergency 27 medical dispatch agency unless the person, organization, 28 or government agency is certified by the Department as an 29 emergency medical dispatch agency. 30 (13) Require that a person, organization, or 31 government agency may not offer or conduct a training 32 course that is represented as a course for an emergency 33 medical dispatcher unless the person, organization, or 34 agency is approved by the Department to offer or conduct -5- LRB9203773ACsbam 1 that course. 2 (14) Require that Department-approved emergency 3 medical dispatcher training programs are conducted by 4 instructors licensed by the Department who: 5 (i) are, at a minimum, certified as emergency 6 medical dispatchers; 7 (ii) have completed a Department-approved 8 course on methods of instruction; 9 (iii) have previous experience in a medical 10 dispatch agency; and 11 (iv) have demonstrated experience as an EMS 12 instructor. 13 (15) (6)Establish criteria for modifying or 14 waiving Emergency Medical Dispatcher requirements based 15 on (i) the scope and frequency of dispatch activities and 16 the dispatcher's access to training or (ii) whether the 17 previously-attended dispatcher training program merits 18 automatic recertification for the dispatcher. 19 (Source: P.A. 89-177, eff. 7-19-95.) 20 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect on 21 January 1, 2002.".
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