Basic Life Support (BLS) Ambulance: This level of care is for patients who are experiencing a medical emergency, illness or injury that is not life-threatening. Care is administered by an EMT. Services are usually covered by most insurance carriers.
Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance: This level of care is for patients who are experiencing a potentially life-threatening illness or injury. Care may require intravenous therapy, cardiac monitoring and drug therapy. Care is administered by a Paramedic. Services are usually covered by most insurance carriers.
Information given at the time of the phone call to 911
determines which level of care is dispatched.
BLS Transport: This type of service is for patients who may need basic medical care during the transport. Insurance coverage may be available if a Physician’s Medical Necessity Certification signed by a physician is provided at the time of transport. Both subscribers and non-subscribers are responsible for paying the cost of a BLS transport that is not paid by insurance.
ALS Transport: This service is for patients who may require advanced care to or from appointments and the hospital. Insurance coverage may be available.
Bariatric Transport: This service is available for the obese patient who does not fit safely on standard equipment. It is available for both emergency and non-emergency services. Insurance coverage may be available.
Wheelchair transportation in our area is provided by Lehigh Valley Medical Transportation. Call 717-736-4650 to set up an appointment or ask questions. Lehigh Valley rents an office in our Manheim station, but is not affiliated with Northwest EMS.
Phone the Supervisor on Duty, 717-989-0707, to schedule a BLS transport.
Call 717-736-4650 to schedule wheelchair transportation with Lehigh Valley.
Northwest EMS no longer provides wheelchair transportation.
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