(210 ILCS 50/3.5)
As used in this Act:
"Clinical observation" means the ongoing observation of a patient's condition by a licensed health care professional utilizing a medical skill set while continuing assessment and care.
"Department" means the Illinois Department of Public Health.
"Director" means the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
"Emergency" means a medical condition of recent onset and severity that
would lead a prudent layperson, possessing an average knowledge of medicine and
health, to believe that urgent or unscheduled medical care is required.
"Emergency Medical Services personnel" or "EMS personnel" means persons licensed as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) (First Responder), Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate (EMT-I), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (A-EMT), Paramedic (EMT-P), Emergency Communications Registered Nurse (ECRN), Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse (PHRN), Pre-Hospital Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (PHAPRN), or Pre-Hospital Physician Assistant (PHPA).
"Health care facility" means a hospital,
nursing home, physician's office or other fixed location at which
medical and health care services are performed. It does not
include "pre-hospital emergency care settings" which utilize EMS personnel to render
pre-hospital emergency care prior to the
arrival of a transport vehicle, as defined in this Act.
"Hospital" has the meaning ascribed to that
term in the Hospital Licensing Act.
"Medical monitoring" means the performance of medical tests and physical exams to evaluate an individual's ongoing exposure to a factor that could negatively impact that person's health. "Medical monitoring" includes close surveillance or supervision of patients liable to suffer deterioration in physical or mental health and checks of various parameters such as pulse rate, temperature, respiration rate, the condition of the pupils, the level of consciousness and awareness, the degree of appreciation of pain, and blood gas concentrations such as oxygen and carbon dioxide.
"Trauma" means any significant injury which
involves single or multiple organ systems.
(Source: P.A. 100-1082, eff. 8-24-19; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)