Programs that utilize helicopters or fixed wing aircraft to airlift acutely ill or injured individuals from areas that are inaccessible to health care facilities for treatment, or from one health care facility to another for specialized care. Air ambulances are equipped and staffed to provide medical care during transit; operate locally, nationally or internationally; and may be used by critically ill patients who need advanced life support or by individuals who, because of their condition, are unable to fly commercially.
Programs that provide ground vehicles which transport acutely ill or injured individuals to health care facilities for treatment or from one health care facility to another for specialized care. Ambulances are equipped and staffed to provide medical care during transit and, in communities where the municipality contracts with the company as their emergency medical service provider, are dispatched when residents contact 911 with a medical emergency.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.