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 1        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
 2    Systems Act.

 3        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:

 5        Section  5.  The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems
 6    Act is amended by changing Section 3.155 as follows:

 7        (210 ILCS 50/3.155)
 8        Sec. 3.155.  General Provisions.
 9        (a)  Authority and  responsibility  for  the  EMS  System
10    shall be vested in the EMS Resource Hospital, through the EMS
11    Medical Director or his designee.
12        (b)  For  an  inter-hospital  emergency  or non-emergency
13    medical transport, in which the physician  from  the  sending
14    hospital  provides  the  EMS  personnel  with written medical
15    orders, such written medical orders cannot exceed  the  scope
16    of  care  which  the  EMS  personnel are authorized to render
17    pursuant to this Act.
18        (c)  For an  inter-hospital  emergency  or  non-emergency
19    medical  transport  of  a  patient  who requires medical care
20    beyond  the  scope  of  care  which  the  EMS  personnel  are
21    authorized to  render  pursuant  to  this  Act,  a  qualified
22    physician,   nurse,  perfusionist  or  respiratory  therapist
23    familiar with the scope of care  needed  must  accompany  the
24    patient  and  the  transferring  hospital and physician shall
25    assume medical responsibility for that portion of the medical
26    care.
27        (d)  No emergency medical services vehicles or  personnel
28    from  another  State  or  nation may be utilized on a regular
29    basis to pick up and transport  patients  within  this  State
30    without  first  complying with this Act and all rules adopted
31    by the Department pursuant to this Act.
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 1        (e)  This  Act  shall  not  prevent   emergency   medical
 2    services  vehicles  or personnel from another State or nation
 3    from rendering  requested  assistance  in  this  State  in  a
 4    disaster  situation, or operating from a location outside the
 5    State and occasionally transporting patients into this  State
 6    for needed medical care.  Except as provided in Section 31 of
 7    this  Act, this Act shall not provide immunity from liability
 8    for such activities.
 9        (f)  Except  as  provided  in  subsection  (e)  of   this
10    Section,  no  person  or  entity shall transport emergency or
11    non-emergency patients by ambulance, SEMSV or medical carrier
12    without first complying with the provisions of this  Act  and
13    all rules adopted pursuant to this Act.
14        (g)  Nothing  in  this  Act  or  the rules adopted by the
15    Department under this Act shall be construed to authorize any
16    medical treatment to or  transportation  of  any  person  who
17    objects on religious grounds.
18        (h)  Patients,  individuals  who accompany a patient, and
19    emergency medical services  personnel  may  not  smoke  while
20    inside  an  ambulance  or  SEMSV.   The  Department of Public
21    Health may impose a fine on an individual who  violates  this
22    subsection in the amount of $100.
23    (Source: P.A. 89-177, eff. 7-19-95.)

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