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The Differences between BLS and ALS Care

Gary Reis

A leader in healthcare services, Gary Reis serves as the president of Med Tech Ambulance Service and Access Ambulance Service. Because of his experience in the industry, Gary Reis has been able to grow Access Ambulance Service from two to 49 ambulances that provide critical care, basic life support (BLS), and advanced life support (ALS).

Both BLS and ALS provide prehospital life support to patients. However, BLS care is entirely noninvasive.
Healthcare professionals who perform BLS cannot use devices that cut the skin, nor can they use needles or administer medicines. ALS practitioners, on the other hand, are allowed to administer medications and give patients injections.
The training of BLS and ALS professionals is also different. EMTs (emergency medical technicians) must have more than 300 hours of practical and classroom education to perform BLS services. Paramedics, however, must complete at least 3,000 hours of training in severe trauma, aggressive cardiac life support, and pediatric life support to provide ALS care.

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