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Advanced Life Support

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Updated October 06, 2012

Definition: A level of care provided by prehospital emergency medical services. Advanced life support consists of invasive life-saving procedures including the placement of advanced airway adjuncts, intravenous infusions, manual defibrillation, electrocardiogram interpretation, and much more.

Advanced life support certifications and licenses include emergency medical technician - intermediate (EMT-Intermediate) and paramedic.

Also Known As: Often abbreviated ALS. Commonly confused with advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), which is specific to cardiac related emergencies.
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