Recently I’ve been reading discussions and research into patient outcomes as it relates to BLS care versus ALS care. The results of this research are pretty sobering. First, some background. Many people know what an ambulance is and think they know what an EMT is; however, I’ve spoken to ER physicians who didn’t realize there was a difference between an EMT and a paramedic. It’s important to differentiate. Since I’m most familiar with the US differences, this post will focus on that, however I know in Canada and the UK there are some differences and I’m happy if my colleagues from those countries could shed some light.