Advanced Life Support
Advanced Life Support (ALS) is a set of life-saving protocols and skills that extend beyond Basic Life Support (BLS) to further support the Circulation and provide an open airway and adequate ventilation (breathing).
Robert Wood Johnson’s ALS Division is staffed by Paramedics who respond to potentially life-threatening emergencies. These are also called Mobile Intensive Care Units, or MICU’s.
Paramedics respond to life threatening emergencies such as:
- Chest pain
- Cardiac arrest
- Respiratory problems (shortness of breath)
- Allergic reactions
- Serious motor vehicle collisions
Our paramedics work under the medical direction of Emergency Department physicians at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) in New Brunswick and Somerset. The Paramedics bring emergency department treatment directly to the patient by performing advanced procedures such as Intravenous access to give medications, EKG’s, beginning treatment for heart attack patients, and treating shortness of breath.
Our Paramedics serve majority of Middlesex and Somerset Counties. ALS Units are stationed strategically around the counties in hospitals, fire departments, police stations, and other facilities.
Our ALS team covers over 500 square miles with approximately 500,000 residents.
All of our Paramedics are certified by New Jersey Department of Health's Office of Emergency Medical Services, in addition to having extensive training in numerous other disciplines.