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Oxygen Bill (SB1843) Passes Both Houses!

Today Senate Bill 1843 passed the House of Representatives by a nearly unanimous vote!

Senate Bill 1843 was created by the ICS to clarify many grey areas in the Chiropractic Scope of Practice here in Illinois. It serves three main purposes:

  • Solidifies your ability to recommend and utilize supplements in your office.  The World Health Organization is making a move to categorize all supplements as a non-prescription product, which would immediately remove them from your scope of practice.
  • Grants DC’s the ability to advise patients on other non-prescription products.  This includes advising for or against any over-the-counter medications.  As the law is written today you could be disciplined for suggesting that a patient is taking too many OTC extra-strength pain pills, or by suggesting that they take an ibuprofen to reduce swelling.
  • Give DC’s the authority to administer atmospheric oxygen (like a hyperbaric chamber) within their offices.  This does not grant prescriptive authority, or the ability to use canisterized oxygen tanks. No DC is required to learn oxygen therapy, nor is an DC allowed to utilize oxygen without specific training.
Please remember that this law is not effective immediately today, but will probably take a month or two before it becomes official.  Also remember that just because something is within your scope of practice, that does not give you the ability to utilize procedures for which you have not been trained.  Just as how every medical doctor cannot perform every complicated surgery – you must be specifically trained to use any given therapy.
Congratulations to Dr. England and our other DC’s who will soon be able to resume using their hyperbaric chambers!
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  1. May 27, 2011 at 10:16 am

    YIPEEEEE! 🙂 When is the Governor going to sign it?

  2. May 27, 2011 at 10:45 am

    We’ll let you know, there’s some procedural steps that need to be taken (for example, the House has 30 days to send it over). It can take up to 2 or 3 months before it becomes law.

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