Types of EMS Information

6.9 Types of EMS Information
 
 

6.9.1 Types of Care
Basic Life Support: All medical care that is classified as BLS by the State of Florida and outlined in these protocols.
Advanced Life Support: All medical care, in addition to BLS care, that is classified as ALS by the
State of Florida and outlined in these protocols.

6.9.2 Types of EMS Providers
Paramedic: Being certified by the State of Florida as a Paramedic enables the provider to administer
Basic and Advanced Life Support as outlined in these protocols.
EMT-B: Being certified by the State of Florida as an EMT-B enables the provider to administer
Basic Life Support as outlined in these protocols.
Emergency First Responder: A provider (e.g., fire fighter, lifeguard, police officer) who is not certified as a Paramedic or EMT-B.

6.9.3 Types of EMS Units
Advanced Life Support Transport - An ambulance (e.g., freightliner rescue) that is licensed by the
State of Florida to carry ALS equipment and transport patients in an ALS capacity.
Advanced Life Support Non-transport - An emergency vehicle (e.g., fire engine) that is licensed by the State of Florida to carry ALS equipment, but does not transport patients.
Advanced Life Support Helicopter - An air ambulance (rescue helicopter) that is licensed by the
State of Florida to carry ALS equipment and transport patients in an ALS capacity.

6.9.4 Types of Patients
Adult: For trauma a patient who is 16 years of age or older, medical patients 18 years of age or older.
Pediatric: For trauma a patient who is 15 years of age or younger, medical patients 17 years of age or younger.
Newborn:   A patient who has just been delivered. Neonate: A patient who is younger than 6 weeks of age. Infant: A patient who is 1 year of age or younger.
Juvenile: For legal purposes, a patient who is younger than 18 years of age, except in the case of an emancipated minor, a self- sufficient minor, a married minor, or a minor in the military.