Air Medical Transport works with sending and receiving doctors, case managers, and medical staff to coordinate each transport and keep everybody involved well informed. We synchronize the air with ground transportation for a seamless medical care continuum.
The types of EMS ground transportation that we can arrange in advance are the following:
BASIC LIFE SUPPORT GROUND AMBULANCE (BLS.)
Basic Life Support (BLS) includes the provision of basic medically necessary supplies and services with Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). BLS requires knowledge and skills in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), using automated external defibrillators (AED), providing oxygen therapy, and relieving airway obstructions in patients of all ages.
BLS ambulance transports provide vital pre-hospital, post-hospital, and non-emergency medical transport for critically ill, non-critical, and emergent patients that do not require cardiac monitoring. EMTs are also able to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and emergency response services to life-threatening emergencies.
Everyday BLS transport situation includes:
- Discharge to home or sub-acute care facilities (nursing homes, rehabilitation, assisted living facilities).
- Psychiatric patients not requiring chemical restraints.
- Medical and surgical patients do not require advanced interventions or cardiac monitoring.
Most BLS transport services are capable of performing essential life support interventions, such as manual resuscitation, oxygen therapy, suctioning, pulse oximetry, splinting, bandaging, and spinal immobilization. Advanced interventions such as advanced airway, mechanical ventilation, and intravenous therapy are not typically included in BLS transport services. EMTs’ capabilities on BLS transports may vary depending on the local laws established by each country and their state department of health laws where the transfer takes place.
ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT GROUND AMBULANCE (ALS.)
Advanced Life Support (ALS) includes the same provision as Basic Life Support plus advanced medically necessary equipment, supplies, and medical interventions with a Paramedic (EMT-P).
ALS. Transports are equipped as Mobile Intensive Care Units (MICU). ALS ambulances are operated by highly skilled and trained staff and carry the necessary medical equipment to stabilize, treat, and transport patients to a hospital emergency department, cath lab, trauma center, or an interfacility transfer.
The paramedic’s main focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for patients who need urgent medical attention. They have the knowledge and skills needed to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics work as part of a team under medical direction to provide interventions with basic and advanced equipment. They are a critical medical link for transportation from the scene to the healthcare system.
Everyday ALS transport situations include:
- Medical and surgical patients requiring advanced interventions such as cardiac monitoring, intravenous therapy, advanced airway, mechanical ventilation, or noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring.
- Interfacility transfers between hospitals, long-term acute care, cath lab, stroke centers, burn centers, and acute specialty medical centers.
- Psychiatric patients requiring chemical restraints.
- Most air ambulances and Medevac services use paramedics as part of their standard flight team.
The Paramedics’ capabilities on ALS transports may vary depending on the local laws established by each country and their state department of health laws where the transfer takes place.