From among more than 4 million emergency rides to the hospital billed under Medicare, the authors analyzed 31,292 involving cardiac arrest where advanced life support
was provided and 1,643 cardiac arrests where basic life support was provided.
Life Support is a term applied to medical equipment that assists or replaces important bodily functions and so enables a patient to live who otherwise might not survive.1 It is divided into two major components of Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support
. BLS is the maintenance of the ABCs (airway, breathing, and circulation) through cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), without auxiliary equipment.2 Advanced Life Support
entails a higher level of emergency medical care, including invasive techniques such as IV therapy, intubation, and/or drug administration.3 This study took both BLS and ALS.
"We learned so much by participating in the conference through running the four advanced life support
workshops," commented Moslem Hussain, a 3rd year paramedic student.
After going through six months of rigorous tests, the paramedic became the only woman among just a handful of instructors in Great Britain qualified to teach advanced life support
techniques to ambulance crews.
Army aircrews deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom have been equipped with this new-generation aircrew ensemble that provides advanced life support
, ballistic protection, and chemical-biological protection in a system of mission-configured modules.
1, Doctors, by The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Advanced Life Support
Group and NSPCC.
that govern advanced life support
include no reference to managing laryngectomized patients.
The SABRE program, which includes faculty from the University of Florida's (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will focus on the discovery, development and application of the biological aspects of advanced life support
strategies, says Mike Martin, UF vice president for agriculture and natural resources.
"We have felt for some time that there was a call for night work as well as day work and we are in the process of enhancing what we have there now to provide 24-hour advanced life support
. We already have advanced life support
(in Timmins), but it's not 24 hours a day.
Advanced life support
, nutritional support, pain control, and the use of skin banks also contribute to more favorable outcomes.
Depending on the institution, certification in pediatric advanced life support
(PALS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) are mandatory.
The Pediatric Advanced Life Support
or PALS course, developed in 1988, has been a most welcome addition to the list of available courses to help prepare health care workers to confidently manage life-threatening emergencies.