It should be understood that ambulance transportation is medically necessary only if other means of transport are contraindicated or would be potentially harmful to the patient.
BLS – Basic Life Support
The professional team members providing this level of transportation services are two well trained Emergency Medical Technicians. Services provided are both emergent and non-emergent in nature. Emergencies are transported to the closest appropriate medical facility.
Non-Emergent transports can be local or long distant and are most often performed between facilities
ALS – Advanced Life Support
The professional team members providing this level of transportation include at least one Paramedic and one Emergency Medical Technician both highly trained. Services provided are both emergent and non-emergent in nature. Emergencies are transported to the closest appropriate medical facility. Paramedics are considered “advanced” due to their level of training. This allows them to practice a higher level of medicine.
This level of service is provided by a team member trained as a Paramedic. An intercept is performed when American is requested to respond along with another EMS service that operates at the BLS level and the patient they are responding to is acute. An American Paramedic will meet up, “intercept”, with the transporting BLS provider and will get on their ambulance to care for the patient until they arrive at the destination hospital.
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