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Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

At Advance, we serve number of patients in and around Chicago that have a need for non-emergency ambulance transportation. For example, patients requiring transport for pre-scheduled transfers between hospitals or other healthcare facilities, or between patients’ homes and treatment facilities. The demand for these non-emergency medical transportation services in Chicago has grown in recent years with the increase in specialized treatment facilities, home health care agencies, and nursing homes. In order to keep up with the demand and to best accommodate these patients, Advance offers a myriad of options, which are administered congruent with patients’ individual medical needs:

Basic Life Support

Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances are used to transport our patients who do not need additional accommodation or cardiac monitoring. Two Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), who have been trained in basic emergency medical care, staff each BLS ambulance. These EMTs are able to provide necessary medical care such as, basic airway management, operation of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and basic drug administration. Some examples of BLS transport include:

  • Interfacility transfers
  • Basic life support emergencies
  • Hospital discharges
  • Psychiatric discharge
  • Transport to dialysis
  • Doctor’s office visits

Advanced Life Support

Advance Life Support (ALS) ambulances are used to transport patients who require more intensive care than BLS ambulances provide and commonly perform services similar to a 9-1-1 agency or fire department ambulance. Two paramedics with over 1,000 hours of training staff each unit and are qualified to administer advanced life support to patients including: advanced airway management, drug administration, and cardiac monitoring. Patients who generally require ALS transport include:

  • Patients with continuous IV
  • Patients who require cardiac monitoring
  • Patients with potential airway compromise
  • Patients reported by the sending facility to have a potential complication during transport
  • Emergencies that are life threatening, such as heart attack, seizure, stroke, etc.

Specialty Care Transport

Specialty Care Transport (SCT) ambulances are used in the interfacility transport of critically ill or injured patients. Each SCT ambulance is staffed by a minimum of two qualified paramedics that are able to perform all ALS and BLS procedures. These paramedics are equipped with the medical supplies that are necessary to provide advanced medical services beyond the capacity of EMT-paramedics. For patients who require continuous care, Specialty Care Transport is typically necessary. Patients who generally require SCT include:

  • Ventilator transports
  • Expanded scope drug administration by IV pumps

Critical Care Transport

Critical Care Transport (CCT) is categorized in three tiers of care within the Administrative Code of the State of Illinois General Assembly. Tiers II and III are recognized as Critical Care Transports.

Tier II requires advanced training and formal education for paramedic staff because it provides care for patients that need service beyond the USDOT Curriculum and ALS (paramedic) transport program.

Tier III administers the highest level ground transport care for patients who necessitate nursing-level treatment modalities and interventions. At all times during transport, patients are accompanied by two critical care prepared providers.

These ambulances are supplied with cutting-edge equipment. Advance EMS team members who staff these ambulances obtain higher levels of licensure, education and certifications in order to administer high level care.

Bariatric Services

Advanced provides safe transport for our bariatric patients. We employ special gurneys wider and capable of supporting more weight than traditional gurneys for a more comfortable patient experience.

Wheelchair Van (also known as Medicar)

Advance also provides transport for patients who need assisted transportation but do not require an ambulance. Our capable staff of wheelchair van drivers transport our clients to and from their destinations.

Our Advance team is available anytime, day or night, to coordinate the best possible care and transport for our patients. And with the array of transit options offered, we are well qualified to provide patients with expert care and efficient transportation to the proper healthcare facilities.


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