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Yield to the Ambulance

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Hardly a day goes by that the average citizen does not hear or see an Emergency Vehicle of some type.  With over 240 million 911 calls coming in to emergency dispatch, it is no wonder this has become so common to all of us.[1] Consequently, laws have been passed in an effort to ensure the safety of not only the emergency vehicle, but also other vehicles and passengers sharing the roads and highways.

What is an ALS Ambulance Transport?

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An ALS ambulance transport or “Advanced Life Support” ambulance is a medical transport unit that has sophisticated medical equipment and drugs available for use by medical technicians who are trained in administering them to individuals in medical distress.  Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances, in contrast, carry medical technicians who are trained at a lower level than those on ALS ambulances. The medical equipment on board a BLS ambulance is also less sophisticated and advanced than that of ALS ambulances. An ALS ambulance can provide BLS support to patients as well as ALS measures as needed.


Bariatric Ambulance

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As the United States population becomes more and more obese, the need for bariatric ambulances has become more pronounced and many states already have responded by purchasing specialized bariatric ambulance units. A bariatric ambulance is a specialized medical transport vehicle that has been modified to carry very large, obese individuals. The interior of these ambulances are wider than traditional ambulance models and contain “bariatric stretchers”, lifting equipment, and other medical necessities for the extremely obese.

Neo-natal and Pediatric Ambulances

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Neo-natal and pediatric ambulances are able to provide medical care and transportation to sick or injured babies and children. A neo-natal ambulance is able to provide transportation to newborn babies in need of specialized care at specialized hospitals. Pediatric ambulances transport young children who are sick or injured for the same purpose: to obtain specialized or advanced medical care. These ambulance units are also able to provide transportation to young patients who have been stabilized but need to be moved closer to home.



Case Managers and Ambulance Transport

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A Case Manager's role is critical to providing the appropriate medical transportation necessary for a patient.  It is not uncommon for Case Managers to have difficulty arranging medical transportation for clients, as it is barely touched upon during the educational process or training.  There are basic guidelines that Case Managers can follow that will assist with making medical transportation arrangements that coincide with the needs of their patients.

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