I have seen acronyms for different levels of care, but I do not understand what they mean. Please explain the differences between BLS, ALS and CC?
BLS means “basic life support.” This is the type of care for patients who need minimal external life support, but still need monitoring and care. Some of the equipment required might include an FFA approved stretcher, oxygen, blood pressure monitoring, IVs and certified emergency medical personnel. ALS means “acute life support,” which includes all of the above as well as the possibility of cardiac defibrillation and the potential for dealing with trauma and other conditions that would necessitate a higher level of care. CC is “critical care.” In this situation, at least two specifically trained flight medics would accompany the patient with highly sophisticated medical equipment in the air ambulance. This type of transport is used in the most severe cases.
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