Advanced Life Support

San Luis Ambulance provides both 911 service and inter-facility transfer service for San Luis Obispo County. All of the ambulances that San Luis Ambulance operates on a daily basis are Advanced Life Support (ALS). This means that there is at least a minimum of one Paramedic with an EMT. Additionally, all of the equipment required to perform ALS treatment is in the ambulance as well.

San Luis Ambulance works very closely with the San Luis Obispo County Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA), the agency that provides oversight for the emergency medical system, to ensure that we offer the most current prehospital care that is available. The Paramedics at San Luis Ambulance are allowed to practice under liberal protocols, designed with our input, to make sure that the patients receive the best and most efficient care possible. This care includes, but is not limited to, electrocardiogram (EKG) monitoring,

including 12-lead EKG, and oxygen level monitoring, inclusive of SPO2, and ETCO2. The San Luis Obispo County EMSA allows for adult intubation. Vascular access for adult and pediatric patients is obtained through intravenous, external jugular and intraosseous cannulation. All medications allowed for in the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Section 100144 are carried on the ambulance for use with the protocols.

San Luis Ambulance prides itself on having the most current, state of the art equipment. Our EKG monitors contain the most current lifesaving technology and, like most of the other patient care equipment, are replace on a scheduled basis to assure that they are the most modern and effective available.

We are proud of all of these rigorous requirements we place on ourselves and use them as an example of how emergency medical services are run at San Luis Ambulance.

Critical Care Transportation

San Luis Ambulance offers, in addition to its Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances, a Critical Care Transport (CCT) ambulance option for the citizens of San Luis Obispo County. San Luis Ambulance’s CCT ambulance is the only CCT service offered within the county.

The San Luis Ambulance CCT program works under the philosophy that medicine is a team approach. The minimum staffing for a CCT ambulance is a Registered Nurse, Paramedic and an EMT. The Registered Nurse can follow any written orders that a physician requires and, if necessary, the Paramedic can utilize their San Luis Obispo County Emergency Medical Services Agency protocols. The CCT program successfully accomplishes this under the oversight of a Nurse Manager and a Medical Director.

Some of the specialized equipment utilized by the CCT is a transport ventilator, end tidal CO2 monitoring, two-channel invasive line

monitoring, transcutaneous pacing, 12-lead EKG and a multi-channel intravenous infusion pump. The infusion of critical medications include, but are not limited to, thrombolytics, blood products, vasoactive medications, anti-arrhythmics, pain control and sedation.

The CCT ambulance is available for inter-facility transports within San Luis Obispo County, as well as transports throughout California for patients who require a higher level of care than the facilities in San Luis Obispo County can provide.

The CCT program is another example of San Luis Ambulance’s effort to provide the best possible care for the residents and visitors of San Luis Obispo County.

Special Event Services

San Luis Ambulance Bike Paramedics are able to respond anywhere inaccessible by standard ambulances and are Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support equipped, providing a high level of care in the pre-hospital setting. All of our Paramedics are California licensed and currently work in San Luis Obispo County full time as emergency 911 paramedics. Our patient-care equipment is compliant with the San Luis Obispo County Emergency Medical Service Agencies guidelines. To request standby service by the Bike Medics please click the link to the right.