Some of our patients require ambulance transportation for medically necessary reasons but on a non-emergency basis . Examples include pre-scheduled transfers between hospitals, other healthcare or treatment facilities, or between patient’s homes and hospitals.
Demand for non-emergency medical transportation ambulance services has increased with the growing number of specialized treatment and out-patient facilities, nursing homes and home health care agencies.
Basic Life Support
Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances provide transport to patients who do not require extra support or cardiac monitoring. A BLS ambulance is staffed by two medics with training in basic emergency medical care such as basic airway management, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and basic drug administration. Examples of BLS transports include:
Advanced Life Support
Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances transport patients who need a higher level of care during transport above those services provided by a BLS ambulance. The unit is staffed by an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) or Paramedic who is qualified to render advanced life support to patients such as advanced airway management, drug administration and cardiac monitoring. Patients who typically require ALS transport include:
Specialty Care Transport
Specialty Care Transport (SCT) is the interfacility transportation of a critically injured or ill patient by ambulance, including providing medically necessary supplies and services at an advanced level. SCT is necessary when a patient’s condition requires ongoing care. Patients who may require SCT include: