CAS Now Licensed to Provide Critical Care Transportation from Hospital to Hospital

| August 9, 2018


FRANKLIN, Pa. – Venango County-based Community Ambulance Service (CAS) has been licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to provide Critical Care transportation from hospital to hospital.

(Photo: Critical Care Supervisor Paramedic Jim Creese (on left) and Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse Calyn Rosfeld. Submitted photo)

The Critical Care Team will be deployed when a patient in the hospital has healthcare needs that exceed the current EMS standards for Advanced Life Support.

Pre-hospital registered nurses and critical care paramedics will be on the CAS staff to provide the advanced care.

“The team will be working from an ambulance that is licensed for Critical Care and carries specialized equipment for those missions,” a media release from CAS said. “

According to CAS, Critical Care certification goes above and beyond the standard of Advanced Life Support (ALS) training.

“Our personnel has received specialized training in certain areas to provide care such as specialty medication drips, sedation, ventilator support, monitoring blood products and chest tubes,” the CAS release said. “The team will be comprised of an EMT, critical care paramedics, and prehospital registered nurses.”

CAS said it believes that under its “Caring for our Community” initiative, it feel this service will help its community by providing the best care when being transferred from our local hospital to an upgrade in care hospitals such as in Erie or Pittsburgh.

“The challenges we face in our rural community are ever-growing, and we are grateful that our employees are willing to take on the challenge for ‘caring for our community’,” the CAS release said. “Community Ambulance has been serving the Venango County region for 51 years and has a leader in emergency pre-hospital.”

CAS has been serving Venango County since 1967 when it started with one Cadillac Ambulance. According to its website, it now has a fleet of seven ambulances and five wheelchair vans as well as an Advanced Life Support (ALS) squad. The company has three stations in Venango County – Franklin, Cranberry and Oil City.


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