Frequently Asked Questions
What type of care can you provide on the way to the hospital?
In trauma situations, we can provide bleeding control, splinting, bandaging, spinal motion restriction, needle chest decompression for tension pneumothorax (collapsed lung), CPR, oxygen administration and intravenous therapy. If you were to have a medical complaint we can administer oxygen, monitor your oxygen level with a pulse oximeter, end-tidal CO2 detection, clear airway obstructions, monitor your EKG (electrocardiogram), cardiac defibrillation, synchronized cardioversion, diagnostic EKG (12-lead electrocardiogram) use advanced airways(endotracheal intubation), intravenous therapy, interosseous infusion, needle cricothyrotomy for complete airway blockage and administer medications for cardiac, diabetic, allergic reaction and respiratory emergencies.
Local policy regarding ambulance transportation destination is set by the San Luis Obispo County Emergency Medical Services Agency. According to this policy, if your medical condition is stable in the judgment of the Paramedic you may select a local hospital to be transported to. If the Paramedic believes that your medical condition is unstable, they are bound by local policy to transport you to the closest hospital.