EMS System Policies

These EMS System Policies and Procedures are guidelines for Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  They are intended to be the framework of decisions for the EMS system.  They are the guidelines for the actions of all EMS personnel within the system.  It is understood that deviations from the Policies and Procedures may be necessary in the interest of assuring that a patient receives appropriate care and/or is transported to an appropriate medical facility.

Region XI EMS Policies & Procedures

Please click on links below to access individual EMS System Policies:

A. COMMUNICATIONS

Resource/Associate Hospital Contact

B. PATIENT CARE

EMS Staffing
Call Disposition
Initiation of Patient Care
Initiation or Withholding of Resuscitative Measures
Termination of Resuscitation
Advanced Directives
Consent/Refusal of Service
School Incidents
Restraints
Reporting Abused and/or Neglected Patients
Guidelines for Preventing Disease Transmission
Physician/Nurse on the Scene
Crime Scene Response
Large Gathering/Special Events
Use of Controlled Substances
Conveyance of Patients

C. TRANSPORTATION

Patient Transport – Private Ambulance Provider
Patient Transport – Chicago Fire Department
Trauma Patient Transport
Transport of Patients with Suspected Acute Stroke
Transport of Patients with Suspected Acute Coronary Syndrome
Transport of Cardiac Arrest Patients
O.B. Patient Transport
Transport of Patients with Suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Helicopter EMS Utilization (HEMS)
Critical Airway
Interhospital/Interfacility Transport
Notification and Monitoring of Hospital Resource Limitation and Ambulance Bypass
Response to a System-Wide Crisis within the Chicago EMS System

D. DOCUMENTATION

Documentation Requirements
EMS System Inventory Inspection Policy
Confidentiality of Patient Records

E. EMS PERSONNEL

System Entry
EMS Personnel Reregistration/Relicensing Requirements
EMS Personnel Reinstatement
Continuing Medical Education Testing
Out-of-System Continuing Medical Education
Supervised Field Internship with the Chicago Fire Department
EMS Preceptor
Prehospital RN
Fitness for Duty
Inactive Status
Suspension
System Review Board

F. HOSPITAL

Resource Hospital Base Station Override
ECRN/Physician Backup
Participating Hospital Responsibilities
Recognition, Rerecognition and Suspension of ECRN/ECP

G. MISCELLANEOUS

IDPH Waiver Provision
Request for Clarification (RFC) 
Medical Device Reporting

H. REGIONAL POLICIES

Protocol for Resolving Regional or Inter-System Conflict
EMS System Quality Improvement/Assurance Program