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Medical Equipment List for Ambulances

Medical Equipment List for Ambulances

Almost 40 years ago the American College of Surgeons developed the first list of standardized medical supplies and equipment for ambulances. In 1988 the American College of Emergency Physicians published a similar list of necessary emergency medical equipment. The two organizations collaborated on a joint document in the year 2000 and again in 2005, with revisions from the department of Homeland Security and the approval of the National Association of EMS Physicians. The current standard list of emergency medical products includes emergency medical supplies that should be stocked on ambulances to provide patient care. Equipment requirements vary due to many factors, but the list represents the consensus of recommendations for first aid and emergency medical equipment and supplies that will facilitate patient care in the out-of-hospital setting.

What's on the list? The list is so large and detailed that including it all in one blog post would do it a disservice. But if you're curious, here's a brief summary of medical equipment required for ambulances.

The list has two components. The first part is the basic list of emergency medical equipment for all ambulances. The second part of the list is the additional emergency equipment necessary for EMT and paramedic services.

Basic Life Support. Ventilation and airway equipment, heart monitoring and defibrillation, immobilization devices, bandages, communication devices, obstetrical kits, miscellaneous medical equipment such as a sphygmomanometer with pediatric, adult, and plus-sized cuffs, a stethoscope, height and weight measuring devices, thermometers, cold packs, blankets, transport chairs, and lubricant are required. Non-latex infection control like nitrile gloves, facemasks, gowns, and disinfectant solution for equipment are required. Injury prevention equipment inside an ambulance should include seatbelts, a fire extinguisher, and traffic signaling devices.

The Advanced Life Support list includes all the above items and several more, including advanced airway and ventilation equipment, vascular access equipment, pre-loaded medications for cardiac conditions, allergies, epilepsy, and pain-killers. It can include other and more extensive drugs and equipment depending on individual medical director recommendation.

Optional equipment includes nebulizers and glucose meters, along with certain pediatric and infant equipment, respirators, and automatic blood pressure devices.

The list also includes many optional items not available at QuickMedical. These items however are not considered medical equipment and supplies. These items include hammers, shovels, cellular phones, floodlights, hard hats, ropes, chains, and even an electric generator. The medical equipment needed for a basic ambulance set-up is available at an affordable price at To read the full list just search the site of National Association of EMS Physicians for a detailed .PDF file. If you have any questions contact us by phone or email and we'll help you find the equipment you need. is your online source for medical equipment and supplies. The QuickMedical blog is your source for the latest news and information on health, wellness, and medical technology. is a resource for medical equipment and supply product videos, educational articles, and professional medical studies.
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3 Comments about "Medical Equipment List for Ambulances"

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I would like to know that the medical supplies like masks, syringes, tubings for oxygen inhalation etc stored on ambulance for such a long period, are those items still safe to be used by the patient? Do they have shorter shelflife for items stored in a warmed climate like summer very hot and humid?
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Ambulances should be equipped with the latest and useful equipments so that we can save life of people at the critical time.

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