EMS Protocols – BLS

These Region 11 Chicago EMS System Protocols, Policies, and Procedures for EMTs and Paramedics are prehospital medical guidelines for patient assessment, treatment, and transportation within the system.  They provide a framework for all patient encounters and Online Medical Control should be consulted in situations where there is not clear direction from the written documents.

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Adult Initial Assessment
Routine Medical Care (RMC)


Suspected Acute Coronary Syndrome/Cardiac Chest Pain
Cardiac Arrest


Respiratory Distress
Respiratory Obstruction
Allergic Reaction and/or Anaphylaxis
Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


Altered Mental Status
Suspected Acute Stroke
Behavioral Emergency
Taser/Electrical Weapon Device Exposure
Non-Cardiogenic/Non-Traumatic Shock
Pain Management
Suspected COVID-19


Heat Illness
Burns – Electrical
Burns – Chemical
Haz Mat / Toxic Exposure
Hazardous Events / Nuclear /Blast Injuries
Hazardous Events / Suspected Biological
Hazardous Events / Chemical


General Trauma Management
Blast Injury (under revision)
Crush Injury (under revision)
Extremity Trauma / External Hemorrhage Management
Facial / Dental Injury (under revision)
Head Trauma
High Threat Considerations (under revision)
Spinal Care
Traumatic Arrest


Emergency Childbirth
Postpartum Care
Obstetrical Complications
Neonatal Resuscitation


Pediatric Initial Assessment
Pediatric Routine Medical Care (PRMC)
Pediatric Routine Trauma Care (PRTC)
Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Arrest
Pediatric Respiratory Distress
Pediatric Respiratory Obstruction
Pediatric Allergic Reaction and/or Anaphylaxis
Pediatric Tracheostomy with Respiratory Distress
Pediatric Suspect Croup or Epiglottitis
Pediatric Altered Mental Status
Pediatric Seizures
Pediatric Extremity Trauma
Pediatric Non-Traumatic Shock
Pediatric Hypothermia
Pediatric Heat Illness
Pediatric Pain Management
Pediatric Burns
Pediatric Burns – Electrical/Lightning
Pediatric Burns – Chemical
Pediatric Haz Mat / Toxic Exposure
Pediatric Hazardous Events / Nuclear/Blast Injuries
Pediatric Hazardous Events / Biological
Pediatric Hazardous Events / Chemical and Nerve Agents
Pediatric Near Drowning
Pediatric Drug Dosing Reference Guide


Oxygen Delivery Methods
Latex Allergy