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Central DuPage Emergency Medical Services System
Title: DEFINITION OF ALS AND BLS SERVICES
Section/Number: M-6
Initiated: 3/90
Revised: 1/98, 8/08
Reviewed: 7/13, 10/15
Revision No: 3
PURPOSE: To define Medical Services rendered prior to initiation of in-hospital patient
care.
To define and differentiate between Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life
Support (ALS) care.
POLICY:
“Prehospital care means those emergency medical services rendered to emergency
patients for analytic, resuscitative, stabilizing or preventive purposes, precedent to and
during transportation of such patients to hospitals.”
A.
BASIC LIFE SUPPORT
Basic Life Support (BLS) Services – a basic level of pre-hospital and interhospital emergency care and non-emergency medical care that includes airway
management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), control of shock and bleeding and
splinting of fractures, as outlined in a Basic Life Support National Curriculum of the
United States Department of Transportation.
B.
ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT
Advanced Life Support (ALS) Services – an advanced level of pre-hospital and
inter-hospital emergency care and non-emergency medical care that includes basic life
support care, cardiac monitoring, cardiac defibrillation, electrocardiography, intravenous
therapy, administration of medications, drugs and solutions, use of adjunctive medical
devices, trauma care, and other authorized techniques and procedures as outlined in
the Advanced Life Support National Curriculum of the United States Department of
Transportation.