Senator Barickman passes legislation to certify dental first responders

Legislation sponsored by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomginton) creating a certification process for “dental emergency responders” has passed the Illinois Senate. Barickman filed the legislation to help create clear standards for emergency professionals.

“It is immensely important to have certified professionals who can be called on to respond in emergency situations and natural disasters,” said Senator Barickman. “Whether a first responder is a rescue professional, doctor, or dentist, they provide necessary relief and services to all affected citizens.”

Senate Bill 748 would require dentists to be certified by the Society of Disaster Medicine and Public Health, which requires training from either the National Disaster Life Support Foundation or the National Incident Management System.

The Department of Public Health is responsible for defining what is considered “certified” in emergency medical through administrative rules. However, in 12 years, they have not taken steps to define the necessary standards.

The Illinois State Dental Society proposed the legislation to clearly articulate the standards for certification, because they believe it is imperative to be prepared for natural and manmade disasters.

SB748 now moves to the Illinois House. If approved in that chamber, it will move to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

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