My co workers and I call non-emergency medical transport companies private ambulance (although there are private ambulance companies in Jersey that have 911 contracts). I see here on the forums IFT being used in reference to the same thing. What does IFT stand for?
...because even IFT companies will run emergency calls from time to time.
non emergency medical transportation and ambulance are two different thing. NEMT is wheelchair van. If we are talking about IFT done by ambulance then it's not non emergency medical transportation.
You can't call them Private Ambulance Companies, as it's been pointed out.
I work for a private company contracted under a public service model as the sole 911 EMS transport provider. We do ~95% 911 with a few random CCTs and IFTs. So we are a private ambulance company that provides 911 EMS as our main roll, not IFTs.
IFT = Interfacility Transfer
I work for a large health care system as an IFT Paramedic. We don't handle 911 call's but that doesn't mean we don't transfer patient's with emergent conditions. IFT EMS services transfer high acuity level patient's that a lot of times require more monitoring and intervention than the routine 911 call.
And I hope the use of lights and siren isn't a factor in what determines "emergency" or importance. It's really out dated and ignorant to think of an IFT company as inferior or less important than a 911 service.
18g, none of my posts were meant to come off that way if that was directed at me :sad: