CHICAGO – Emergency Medical Technicians will now know if they have been exposed to infectious diseases under a new law signed Friday.

 

Under the law, sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), hospitals must notify individual EMTs if a patient they have cared for is diagnosed with a dangerous communicable or infectious disease.

 

“EMTs perform a vital service to the community; they put themselves in danger every day. They deserve to know if they are exposed to dangerous illnesses,” Cullerton said.

 

Hospitals will have to provide written and verbal notice to emergency medical providers within 48 hrs of a confirmed diagnosis.

 

The law takes effect immediately.

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