EMS From a Distance: ALS? BLS? Let skills fall where they may

Basic versus advanced EMS training and care continue to evolve

BLS before ALS!”

I doubt there’s anyone with more than a few months in EMS who hasn’t heard that cliché. It used to make sense to me. As an EMT, I liked the way it prioritized my low-tech contributions over the meds and monitors of my paramedic partners; and as a new medic, it reminded me not to overlook basic care, no matter how cool my tools were. So why does “BLS before ALS” sound so silly to me now?

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