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Bls mileage (per mile)

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BLS Mileage (Per Mile) (A0380) Common Name: Ambulance Mileage
Technical/Medical Term: Basic Life Support (BLS) Mileage Charge


When an ambulance transports a patient who requires basic life support, the distance traveled is billed per mile. This is a standard fee to cover the transporting expenses of the ambulance.


The primary purpose is to ensure the patient reaches the healthcare facility safely. It aids in cost coverage for the vehicle's operation, fuel, and wear and tear during the journey.


This charge is appropriate when:

  • A patient needs basic life support during transport to a healthcare facility.
  • Distance-based charges are applicable due to the mileage covered during the transport.


There is no specific preparation required from the patient for the mileage charge. However:

  • Ensure personal belongings and necessary documents are ready for transport.
  • Medications and medical history should be available to inform EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians).

Procedure Description

  1. Assessment and Transport Initiation:
    • EMTs evaluate the patient's condition and prepare them for transport.
  2. Stabilization and Monitoring:
    • Basic life support measures (e.g., oxygen supply, vital signs monitoring) are applied as needed during the journey.
  3. Mileage Logging:
    • The distance from the pickup location to the destination is recorded for billing. This covers the operational costs over the traveled distance.


The duration depends on the distance between the patient's pickup point and the designated healthcare facility.


Performed by an ambulance dispatched from:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Emergency Response Centers


  • EMTs/Paramedics: Trained to provide basic life support and ensure safe transport.
  • Ambulance Drivers: Responsible for vehicle operation during the transit.

Risks and Complications

The procedure itself is non-invasive. Risks are minimal and primarily related to:

  • Road traffic accidents.
  • Delays in transportation.


  • Safety: Ensures the patient is transported safely with life support.
  • Immediate Care: Provides continuous monitoring and basic intervention during transit.


Since this is a billing item rather than a direct medical procedure, there is no specific recovery process. Post-arrival care will depend on the patient's medical needs and the treatment provided at the destination facility.


Other modes of transport (e.g., private vehicles, air transport) are available but may not provide the necessary life support.

Patient Experience

  • During Transport: The patient might feel the motion of the vehicle. Medical attention and reassurance are continuously provided.
  • Comfort: EMTs will ensure the patient is comfortable and secure during the journey. Pain management can be administered if necessary during transit.

This concludes the detailed overview of BLS Mileage (Per Mile) (A0380) procedure billing and logistical understanding.

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