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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GENERAL

Adult Initial Assessment
Routine Medical Care (RMC)

CARDIAC

Suspected Acute Coronary Syndrome/Cardiac Chest Pain
Cardiac Arrest

RESPIRATORY

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

MEDICAL

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

ENVIRONMENTAL

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

TRAUMA

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 / Active Shooter Scenario (under revision)
Spinal Care
Traumatic Arrest

OBSTETRICS

Emergency Childbirth
Postpartum Care
Obstetrical Complications
Neonatal Resuscitation

PEDIATRICS

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

APPENDIX

Approved Oxygen Delivery Methods
Glasgow Coma Scale
Cincinatti Stroke Scale
Advanced Airway Management
Cardiac Arrest Managment
Automatic External Defibrillator
Intra-Nasal Drug Administration
Epinephrine Auto-Injector (EpiPen)
Tourniquet Application
Latex Allergic Patients
Abbreviations/Acronyms