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Als routine disposable supplies

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ALS Routine Disposable Supplies (A0398)


ALS Routine Disposable Supplies refer to commonly used single-use items necessary for providing Advanced Life Support (ALS) services. These supplies can include items such as gloves, masks, gauze, IV sets, and tubing, among others, which are essential for emergency medical procedures.


These supplies are crucial for the effective and safe performance of ALS procedures. They ensure that healthcare providers have the necessary tools to manage life-threatening conditions and emergencies such as cardiac arrest, severe trauma, and respiratory distress. The primary goal is to provide immediate, efficient, and sterile care to stabilize the patient.


ALS Routine Disposable Supplies are indicated for use in situations requiring advanced medical intervention:

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Severe trauma/injuries
  • Respiratory emergencies (e.g., severe asthma attacks, respiratory failure)
  • Medical emergencies that require intravenous (IV) access or medications


Patients typically do not need to take any specific pre-procedure steps for ALS emergencies. However, emergency responders prepare the supplies by ensuring all items are readily available and stocked in the emergency response vehicle.

Procedure Description

  1. Emergency responders arrive at the scene and assess the patient's condition.
  2. Necessary ALS supplies are selected based on the patient's needs.
  3. Disposable gloves and masks are used to maintain sterility and prevent the transmission of infections.
  4. IV sets and tubing are prepared for administering medications or fluids.
  5. Gauze and bandages are used to control bleeding and dress wounds.
  6. All used items are disposed of safely in accordance with medical waste regulations.


The usage of ALS Routine Disposable Supplies varies depending on the emergency situation but generally continues throughout the duration of the emergency response and patient stabilization.


These supplies are used in various settings, including:

  • Emergency response vehicles (ambulances)
  • Hospitals
  • Urgent care centers
  • At the scene of the emergency


The primary personnel involved are:

  • Paramedics and EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians)
  • Emergency nurses
  • Physicians, if present

Risks and Complications

The risks associated with ALS Routine Disposable Supplies are minimal as they are designed for single-use and sterility. However, potential complications from improper use or accidental exposure to body fluids can include:

  • Infection
  • Allergic reactions to latex (if latex supplies are used) Proper training and adherence to safety protocols help mitigate these risks.


The primary benefit of these supplies is the ability to provide immediate and effective ALS care, which can significantly improve patient outcomes in critical situations. Their disposable nature reduces the risk of infection and ensures a sterile environment for emergency procedures.


Post-procedure care depends on the specific emergency treatment provided. Patients may require:

  • Monitoring for any signs of infection or complications
  • Follow-up medical appointments for ongoing care
  • Instructions on activity limitations and recovery expectations


Alternative supplies or reusable items can be used in non-emergency, controlled environments. However, disposable supplies are preferred for ALS due to their sterility and convenience. Pros and cons of alternatives would include:

  • Reusable supplies are more cost-effective long-term but carry higher infection risks.
  • Disposable supplies offer optimal sterility but generate more medical waste.

Patient Experience

During ALS procedures, patients might experience:

  • Relief from symptoms due to immediate treatment
  • Minimal discomfort from the procedure itself
  • Assurance of sterile and safe handling of medical needs Pain management and comfort are prioritized, and providers take measures to keep the patient informed and as comfortable as possible throughout the emergency response.

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