Wheel Chair Transport
Life Force of Western PA., Inc. owns and operates five specially equipped wheel chair transport vans for our customers who are either wheel chair bound or have mobility problems and can no longer be transported comfortably in a regular vehicle and need to get to a doctors appointment, physical therapy, dialysis or clinic visits.
These vehicles are Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission certified and offer a convenient, low cost and safe transport alternative to traditional ambulance transportation.
You can have your health care provider set up a pickup, or you can contact the Life Force dispatch center to schedule a pick up for yourself or a loved one.
Simply call us at (724) 589-0665 to schedule transport and obtain a price quote
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Basic life support is the level of medical care which is used for patients with non-life threatening and life threatening illnesses or injuries until the patient can be given full medical care at an area hospital, or until advanced life support (ALS) personnel arrive. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) are trained in Basic Life Support. BLS is generally used in the pre-hospital setting, and can be provided without advanced medical equipment.
Basic life support (BLS) is used for the management of a number of conditions, such as Cardiac arrest, choking and drowning as well as treating for falls and accidents. BLS does not include the use of drugs or invasive skills, and can be contrasted with the provision of Advanced Life Support (ALS).
CPR provided in the field increases the time available for higher medical responders to arrive and provide ALS care. An important advance in providing BLS is the availability of the automated external defibrillator or AED. This improves survival outcomes in cardiac arrest cases.
Basic life support consists of a number of life-saving techniques focused on the medicine “ABC”s of pre-hospital emergency care:
- Airway: the protection and maintenance of a clear passageway for gases (principally oxygen and carbon dioxide) to pass between the lungs and the atmosphere.
- Breathing: inflation and deflation of the lungs (respiration) via the airway
- Circulation: providing an adequate blood supply to tissue, especially critical organs, so as to deliver oxygen to all cells and remove metabolic waste, via the perfusion of blood throughout the body.
Basic Life Support units are very useful for non-emergency transports where the patient requires trained medical personnel to be present should they need medical intervention enroute to a doctors office, hospital or other care facility.
Advanced Life Support
Advanced life support is the level of medical care which is used for patients with life threatening illness or injuries until the patient can be given full medical care at a hospital or trauma center.
Advanced life support is provided by Paramedics in the pre-hospital setting who can use drugs and invasive skills to maintain a patient.
Advanced Life Support (ALS) is used for the management of a number of conditions, such as Cardiac arrest, diabetic emergencies, drug over doses, choking, drowning as well as traumatic injuries from falls and accidents.
Advanced life support utilizes medical equipment and consists of many life saving techniques of pre-hospital emergency care:
- Cardiac monitoring
- Cardiac defibrillation
- Intravenous cannulation initiation (IV)
- IV medication administration
- Intraosseous (IO) access and intraosseous infusion
- Surgical cricothyrotomy
- Needle cricothyrotomy
- Needle decompression of tension pneumothorax
- Advanced medication administration through parenteral and enteral routes (IV, IO, PO, PR, ET, SL, topical, and transdermal)
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or Pediatric Emergencies for Pre-Hospital Providers (PEPP)
- Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS)
Advanced life support units are also used for non-emergency transports when the patient requires trained medical personnel to be present for constant monitoring of life signs, the need for cardiac monitoring during the transport, or medication administration and possible advanced life saving procedures while enroute from one hospital or trauma center to another.