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Bls routine disposable supplies

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

BLS Routine Disposable Supplies
Common name: BLS Supplies
Technical term: Basic Life Support Disposable Supplies (HCPCS A0382)


This procedure involves the use of routine disposable supplies as part of Basic Life Support (BLS) provided by emergency medical services (EMS). These supplies are essential for performing basic life-saving techniques and immediate medical care during emergencies.


The purpose of BLS Routine Disposable Supplies is to equip EMS professionals with the necessary tools to address a variety of urgent medical situations, such as cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, and severe bleeding. The goal is to stabilize the patient and provide essential care before they are transported to a medical facility for further treatment.


  • Cardiac arrest
  • Respiratory failure or severe respiratory distress
  • Severe bleeding or trauma
  • Unresponsive or semi-responsive state
  • Suspected stroke


  • No specific preparation is required from the patient.
  • EMS professionals must ensure that all BLS supplies are available and in good working condition before responding to an emergency call.

Procedure Description

  1. Assessment: The EMS professional evaluates the patient’s condition.
  2. Airway Management: Disposable supplies like airway adjuncts (e.g., oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal airways) are used to ensure an open airway.
  3. Breathing Support: Devices like bag-valve masks (BVM) are used to assist with ventilation.
  4. Circulation Support: Supplies such as disposable gloves, gauze pads, and tourniquets are utilized to control bleeding and manage circulation.
  5. Defibrillation: Disposable electrode pads are used with an automated external defibrillator (AED) to deliver shocks in cases of cardiac arrest.
  6. Bandaging: Use of disposable bandages and dressings to manage wounds and prevent infection.


The duration of the procedure varies, typically ranging from a few minutes to over an hour, depending on the patient's condition and the complexity of care required.


BLS procedures with disposable supplies are performed in various settings:

  • At the scene of the emergency (e.g., homes, public places)
  • During transport in an ambulance or emergency vehicle


  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)
  • Paramedics
  • Other trained EMS personnel

Risks and Complications

  • Allergic reactions to materials in disposable supplies (rare)
  • Potential for accidental injury with sharp objects
  • Infections if the supplies are not used correctly (rare with proper technique)


  • Rapid stabilization of life-threatening conditions
  • Provides immediate essential care, increasing chances of survival
  • Reduces the risk of further injury or complications before hospital arrival


  • Post-procedure care includes monitoring vital signs and supporting the patient until they reach a hospital.
  • Recovery time varies depending on the severity of the initial condition and subsequent medical interventions.
  • Follow-up appointments are typically determined by hospital staff based on the patient’s needs.


  • Advanced Life Support (ALS) which includes more advanced interventions and medications.
  • In non-emergency situations, patients might be directed towards primary care or specialized medical services.
  • The choice of alternative depends on the medical condition and resources available.

Patient Experience

  • Patients might be conscious and aware during the use of BLS supplies, particularly if breathing or circulation support is needed.
  • Some discomfort may be experienced due to the nature of emergency interventions.
  • Pain management and comfort measures will be provided as much as possible.
  • Patients often feel relief as their condition stabilizes and they are swiftly transported to a hospital for further care.

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