Advanced Life Support
San Luis Ambulance provides both 911 service and inter-facility transfer service for San Luis Obispo County. All of the ambulances that San Luis Ambulance operate on a daily basis are Advanced Life Support (ALS). This means that there is at least a minimum of one Paramedic with an EMT. Additionally, all of the equipment required to perform ALS treatment is in the ambulance as well.
San Luis Ambulance works very closely with the San Luis Obispo County Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA), the agency that provides oversight for the emergency medical system, to ensure that we offer the most current prehospital care that is available. The Paramedics at San Luis Ambulance are allowed to practice under liberal protocols, designed with our input, to make sure that the patients receive the best and most efficient care possible. This care includes, but is not limited to, electrocardiogram (EKG) monitoring, including 12-lead EKG, and oxygen level monitoring, inclusive of SPO2, and ETCO2. The San Luis Obispo County EMSA allows for adult, pediatric and nasal intubation. Vascular access for adult and pediatric patients is obtained through intravenous, external jugular and intraosseous cannulation. All medications allowed for in the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Section 100144 are carried on the ambulance for use with the protocols.
San Luis Ambulance prides itself on having the most current, state of the art equipment. The EKG monitors are never older than five years and most of the other patient care equipment is replaced on a rotational basis to assure that is the most modern and effective.
We are proud of all of these rigorous requirements we place on ourselves and use them as an example of how emergency medical services are run at San Luis Ambulance.