Critical Care Transport

San Luis Ambulance offers, in addition to its Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances, a Critical Care Transport (CCT) ambulance option for the citizens of San Luis Obispo County. San Luis Ambulance’s CCT ambulance is the only CCT service offered within the county.

The San Luis Ambulance CCT program works under the philosophy that medicine is a team approach. The minimum staffing for a CCT ambulance is a registered nurse, Paramedic and an EMT. The registered nurse can follow any written orders that a physician requires and, if necessary, the Paramedic can utilize their San Luis Obispo County Emergency Medical Services Agency protocols. The CCT program successfully accomplishes this under the oversight of a Nurse Manager and a Medical Director.

Some of the specialized equipment utilized by the CCT is a transport ventilator, end tidal CO2 monitoring, two-channel invasive line monitoring, transcutaneous pacing, 12-lead EKG and a multi-channel intravenous infusion pump. The infusion of critical medications include, but are not limited to, thrombolytics, blood products, vasoactive medications, anti-arrhythmics, pain control and sedation.

The CCT ambulance is available for inter-facility transports within San Luis Obispo County, as well as transports throughout California for patients who require a higher level of care than the facilities in San Luis Obispo County can provide.

The CCT program is another example of San Luis Ambulance’s effort to provide the best possible care for the residents and visitors of San Luis Obispo County.