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Lifeline: Basic and Advanced Life Support

Lifeline Advanced Life Suppport ambulance

Johns Hopkins Lifeline has dedicated emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics to provide care for patients who require some level of medical monitoring. These personnel, who are employed by Lifestar Response, provide staffing for our ground basic life support (BLS) and advanced life support (ALS) ambulances. Medical direction is provided by a Johns Hopkins medical control physician and protocols set forth by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. Our paramedics and EMTs attend routine continuing education classes.

BLS ambulances are staffed by EMT caregivers and provide transports for patients who require basic medical monitoring for situations such as:

  • Lower extremity fractures
  • Discharges to home and sub-acute care facilities (nursing homes)
  • Medical and surgical patients who do not require cardiac monitoring
  • Psychiatric patients

ALS ambulances staffed by a paramedic, transport patients who require a higher level of medical monitoring. Patients who require ALS transport may include:

  • Medical/surgical patient with continuous IV medicine.
  • Patient on a cardiac monitor
  • Patients moving to a higher level of care
  • Patients on a chronic ventilator