Basic life support (BLS)

Basic life support (BLS) means transportation by ground ambulance vehicle and medically necessary supplies and services, plus the provision of BLS ambulance services. The ambulance must be staffed by at least two people who meet the requirements of state and local laws where the services are being furnished. Also, at least one of the staff members must be certified, at a minimum, as an emergency medical technician-basic (EMT-Basic) by the State or local authority where the services are furnished and be legally authorized to operate all lifesaving and life-sustaining equipment on board the vehicle. These laws may vary from State to State.


42 CFR § 414.605

Scoping language

As used in this subpart, the following definitions apply to both land and water (hereafter collectively referred to as ground) ambulance services and to air ambulance services unless otherwise specified:

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