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Ambulance service, basic life support, non-emergency transport, (bls)

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Name of the Procedure:

Ambulance Service, Basic Life Support, Non-Emergency Transport (BLS)
Technical Term: HCPCS Code A0428


This procedure involves the non-emergency transportation of a patient in an ambulance equipped to provide Basic Life Support (BLS). It ensures safe transit under medical supervision for individuals who do not require advanced medical interventions during the journey.


The primary purpose of BLS non-emergency transport is to safely move patients who need medical supervision but do not require immediate critical care. It addresses a range of medical conditions where the patient is stable but unable to travel by other means due to health concerns.


  • Patients with mobility issues or severe disabilities
  • Individuals requiring medical supervision during transit
  • Transport between medical facilities for non-urgent appointments or procedures
  • Patients with specific medical equipment needs during travel


  • Patients should bring any necessary medications and recent medical records.
  • No special fasting or medication adjustments are typically required.
  • Ensure that any personal medical equipment is available and functioning.

Procedure Description

  1. Ambulance staffed by trained EMT (Emergency Medical Technicians) arrives.
  2. Patient is carefully transferred to the ambulance stretcher.
  3. Basic monitoring devices (e.g., blood pressure cuff, oxygen supplies) may be attached.
  4. EMTs ensure the patient is comfortable and stable.
  5. Patient is transported to the designated medical facility.
  6. Patient is safely transferred from the ambulance to the medical facility.


The duration varies depending on the distance between the pick-up and drop-off locations, typically ranging from 30 minutes to several hours.


The transportation takes place in a specially equipped ambulance. Pickup and drop-off occur at residences, medical facilities, or nursing homes.


  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)
  • Paramedics (if needed)

Risks and Complications

  • Minor risk of motion sickness
  • Potential for delayed arrival due to traffic or other unforeseen circumstances
  • Risk of medical equipment malfunction
  • Rarely, patient’s condition may deteriorate during transit


  • Safe and supervised transport for patients
  • Peace of mind knowing patients are under professional care
  • Improves access to medical facilities for non-urgent appointments
  • Reduces the strain on patients and their families


  • Minimal recovery; typically, patients can proceed directly to their appointment or home setting.
  • Follow-up care or instructions are generally provided by the receiving medical facility.
  • No significant recovery time or restrictions associated with the transport itself.


  • Private car or taxi service with a family member or caregiver (less medical supervision)
  • Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance (if patient needs more intensive medical support)
  • Public transportation (least recommended due to lack of medical supervision and comfort)

Patient Experience

Patients might feel a sense of security and ease knowing they are in a medically supervised environment. Any discomfort is minimized by professional EMTs, who also handle patient comfort and pain management if necessary.

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