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Public Health - Seattle & King County

EMS glossary of terms

AED
Automated External Defibrillator

ALS
Advanced Life Support - the services provided by paramedics for life-threatening medical emergencies.

BLS
Basic Life Support - services provided by Emergency Medical Technicians.

CBD
Criteria Based Dispatch

CEEMS
Center for the Evaluation of Emergency Medical Services

CPR
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

EMD
Emergency Medical Dispatch

EMS
Emergency Medical Services

EMT
Emergency Medical Technician -- Firefighters in King County are cross-trained as EMTs. Firefighter/EMTs are usually the first to arrive on-scene at a medical emergency.

PAD
Public Access Defibrillation

REACT
Rapid Early Action for Coronary Treatment