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Advanced Life Support (ALS)

ALS care is administered in life-threatening and serious medical circumstances on the scene and en-route to the hospital by a Paramedic. Our ALS ambulances provide emergency coverage to 20 communities, inter-facility transfers and nursing home emergencies.

Paramedics are the highest trained pre-hospital care providers. They provide critical patient care in emergent and non-emergent situations.  Our crew includes at least one Paramedic and one Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Medic 1 also provides ALS support in coordination with area volunteer ambulance and fire departments, ensuring that patients who live in outlying areas have access to all of our life saving paramedic services. This includes meeting with Basic Life Support ambulances so that ALS care can be provided to their patients, when needed, as well as providing mutual aid support  to our neighboring communities with additional ambulances when the local service is overwhelmed.

Responses to Calls

  • Safety is a priority at Medic 1 Ambulance Service. When the public sees an ambulance responding with its lights and siren in use, it is responding to a true emergency. In fact, due to advances in technology, dispatcher training and the strategic staging of ambulances, Medic 1 responds with lights and sirens to far fewer calls today than it did just a few years ago.
  • All Medic 1 Ambulance crew members attend annual emergency vehicle operations training to enhance driver safety and proficiency. Advanced training and modern equipment allows Medic 1 paramedics to transport a majority of patients to the hospital without lights and sirens. This reduces risk to the patient, staff, and the public while allowing the paramedics to provide the very best in patient care.

Patient Assessment and History

  • The days of throwing a patient in the back of an ambulance and rushed to the hospital are in the past. Medic 1 paramedics begin a rapid assessment of the patientís physical condition.
  • The paramedics can then immediately begin treatment and relay this medical information to the hospital emergency room giving them time to prepare for the patients arrival.

Emergency Interventions

  • Paramedics are able to perform many emergency interventions at the patient's side or on the way to the hospital. Treatment of injuries or illnesses that are performed before a victim is taken to the hospital has proven effective to improve the outcome of the illness or injury. Many of the skills performed by Paramedics are identical to the skills that doctors and nurses provide in the emergency room.
  • Medic 1 paramedics carry high-tech equipment that is portable and durable enough to be used in any type of environment, whether a patient is in their bed or on a hiking trail.
  • The ambulances are equipped with all the supplies needed to care for a severely injured or ill patient, such as Intravenous Infusion (IV) supplies, Cardiac Care (defibrillation to shock life threatening arrhythmias; 12 lead EKG to help identify ischemic cardiac events), Respiratory Care (oxygen as well as intubation equipment), and emergency medications (for the treatment of seizures, acute pain management, allergic reactions, and more).
  • The paramedics are trained to recognize situations that call for intervention and act quickly to improve the patientís condition. There are a variety of situations that the paramedics are prepared to handle, and frequent training makes them even more proficient with these lifesaving skills. The lifesaving care provided by Paramedics assures the patientís condition is given attention from the moment the paramedics arrive at the patientís side.

Patient Handling and Transport

  • Transportation or moving the patient to the hospital is a major part of Emergency Medical Services. Usually, patients with medical problems are placed on a stretcher and moved to the ambulance. Patients who are injured traumatically are handled differently according to their injuries.
  • Severe injures that may cause damage to a person's spinal column are handled with special care. This special care includes placing an immobilization collar around the patientís neck, and securing the victim flat to a backboard. This minimizes the movement of the patient and prevents any further damage to the spine. Individual injuries are assessed by the paramedics to determine the best course of transportation for the patient.

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