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(225 ILCS 106/10)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
In this Act:
"Address of record" means the designated address recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file as maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit. It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the Department of any change of address and those changes must be made either through the Department's website or by contacting the Department.
"Advanced practice registered nurse" means an advanced practice registered nurse licensed under the Nurse Practice Act.
"Board" means the Respiratory Care Board appointed by the Secretary.
"Basic respiratory care activities" means and includes all of the following activities:
(1) Cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing equipment
used in the practice of respiratory care as delegated by a licensed health care professional or other authorized licensed personnel.
(2) Assembling equipment used in the practice of
respiratory care as delegated by a licensed health care professional or other authorized licensed personnel.
(3) Collecting and reviewing patient data through
non-invasive means, provided that the collection and review does not include the individual's interpretation of the clinical significance of the data. Collecting and reviewing patient data includes the performance of pulse oximetry and non-invasive monitoring procedures in order to obtain vital signs and notification to licensed health care professionals and other authorized licensed personnel in a timely manner.
(4) Maintaining a nasal cannula or face mask for
oxygen therapy in the proper position on the patient's face.
(5) Assembling a nasal cannula or face mask for
oxygen therapy at patient bedside in preparation for use.
(6) Maintaining a patient's natural airway by
physically manipulating the jaw and neck, suctioning the oral cavity, or suctioning the mouth or nose with a bulb syringe.
(7) Performing assisted ventilation during emergency
resuscitation using a manual resuscitator.
(8) Using a manual resuscitator at the direction of a
licensed health care professional or other authorized licensed personnel who is present and performing routine airway suctioning. These activities do not include care of a patient's artificial airway or the adjustment of mechanical ventilator settings while a patient is connected to the ventilator.
"Basic respiratory care activities" does not mean activities that involve any of the following:
(1) Specialized knowledge that results from a course
of education or training in respiratory care.
(2) An unreasonable risk of a negative outcome for
(3) The assessment or making of a decision concerning
(4) The administration of aerosol medication or
(5) The insertion and maintenance of an artificial
(6) Mechanical ventilatory support.
(7) Patient assessment.
(8) Patient education.
(9) The transferring of oxygen devices, for purposes
of patient transport, with a liter flow greater than 6 liters per minute, and the transferring of oxygen devices at any liter flow being delivered to patients less than 12 years of age.
"Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
"Licensed" means that which is required to hold oneself
a respiratory care
practitioner as defined in this Act.
"Licensed health care professional" means a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, a licensed advanced practice registered nurse, or a licensed physician assistant.
"Order" means a written, oral, or telecommunicated authorization for respiratory care services for a patient by (i) a licensed health care professional who maintains medical supervision of the patient and makes a diagnosis or verifies that the patient's condition is such that it may be treated by a respiratory care practitioner or (ii) a certified registered nurse anesthetist in a licensed hospital or ambulatory surgical treatment center.
"Other authorized licensed personnel" means a licensed respiratory care practitioner, a licensed registered nurse, or a licensed practical nurse whose scope of practice authorizes the professional to supervise an individual who is not licensed, certified, or registered as a health professional.
"Proximate supervision" means a situation in which an individual is
responsible for directing the actions of another individual in the facility and is physically close enough to be readily available, if needed, by the supervised individual.
"Respiratory care" and "cardiorespiratory care"
mean preventative services, evaluation and assessment services, therapeutic services, cardiopulmonary disease management, and rehabilitative services under the order of a licensed health care professional for an individual with a disorder, disease, or abnormality of the cardiopulmonary system. These terms include, but are not limited to, measuring, observing, assessing, and monitoring signs and symptoms, reactions, general behavior, and general physical response of individuals to respiratory care services, including the determination of whether those signs, symptoms, reactions, behaviors, or general physical responses exhibit abnormal characteristics; the administration of pharmacological and therapeutic agents and procedures related to respiratory care services; the collection of blood specimens and other bodily fluids and tissues for, and the performance of, cardiopulmonary diagnostic testing procedures, including, but not limited to, blood gas analysis; development, implementation, and modification of respiratory care treatment plans based on assessed abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system, respiratory care guidelines, referrals, and orders of a licensed health care professional; application, operation, and management of mechanical ventilatory support and other means of life support, including, but not limited to, hemodynamic cardiovascular support; and the initiation of emergency procedures under the rules promulgated by the Department. A respiratory care practitioner shall refer to a physician licensed to practice medicine in all its branches any patient whose condition, at the time of evaluation or treatment, is determined to be beyond the scope of practice of the respiratory care practitioner.
"Respiratory care education program" means a course of academic study leading
to eligibility for registry or certification in respiratory care. The training
is to be approved by an accrediting agency recognized by the Board and shall
include an evaluation of competence through a standardized testing mechanism
that is determined by the Board to be both valid and reliable.
"Respiratory care practitioner" means a person who is licensed by the
Department of Professional Regulation and meets all of the following
(1) The person is engaged in the practice of
cardiorespiratory care and has the knowledge and skill necessary to administer respiratory care.
(2) The person is capable of serving as a resource to
the licensed health care professional in relation to the technical aspects of cardiorespiratory care and the safe and effective methods for administering cardiorespiratory care modalities.
(3) The person is able to function in situations of
unsupervised patient contact requiring great individual judgment.
"Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.
(Source: P.A. 99-173, eff. 7-29-15; 99-230, eff. 8-3-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16; 100-513, eff. 1-1-18