97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2011 and 2012
Introduced , by Rep. Lou Lang
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the Hospital Licensing Act. In the list of provisions to be
incorporated into hospital policies regarding the risk of injury to
patients and nurses and other health care workers associated with the
lifting, transferring, repositioning, or movement of a patient, includes
(1) the primacy of maintaining patient dignity, self-determination, and
choice and (2) consideration of the feasibility of incorporating patient
handling equipment or the physical space and construction design needed to
incorporate that equipment in conjunction with federal handling equipment
or the physical space and construction design needed to incorporate that
equipment and federal guidelines known as Access to Medical Care for
Individuals With Mobility Disabilities. Makes other changes. Effective on
January 1, 2012.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning health facilities.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Hospital Licensing Act is amended by
changing Section 6.25 as follows:
(210 ILCS 85/6.25)
Safe patient handling policy.
(a) In this Section:
"Health care worker" means an individual providing direct
patient care services who may be required to lift, transfer,
reposition, or move a patient.
"Nurse" means an advanced practice nurse, a registered
nurse, or a licensed practical nurse licensed under the Nurse
(b) A hospital must adopt and ensure implementation of a
policy to identify, assess, and develop strategies to control
risk of injury to patients and nurses and other health care
workers associated with the lifting, transferring,
repositioning, or movement of a patient. The policy shall
establish a process that, at a minimum, includes all of the
(1) The primacy of maintaining patient dignity,
self-determination, and choice.