Nature Coast EMS
Located in Citrus County, Florida, Nature Coast EMS provides residents and visitors with advanced life support treatment and transport by ambulance. Long-distance ambulance transports are available. Special event medical standby is also available. Download the Privacy Practices brochure.
Nature Coast EMS’s Critical Care Team
Nature Coast EMS, through a quality improvement process, identified that in the area of interfacility transfers of the most critical patients, the standard paramedic is not appropriately equipped or educated in the management of these high acuity patients. Locally, when air medical (helicopter) is not available, Nature Coast EMS’s Critical Care Team is the only option for these patients to reach definitive care. Nature Coast EMS was the lead on the development of the minimum curriculum for Florida’s Critical Care Paramedic Program, and has successfully implemented a Critical Care Paramedic Program at Nature Coast EMS that provides the service of “Critical Care without walls” for the interfacility transfer of the sick and injured as well as the high risk obstetrical patients. Nature Coast EMS Critical Care Paramedic Course is done incollaboration with local hospitals, obstetrical providers, and other partners to offer students the clinical experience that makes the difference. Nature Coast EMS designed a curriculum and implemented a program to educate critical care paramedics to better serve patients during complicated long-distance transfers to hospitals. This protocol development and implementation has been shared with other agencies and this education has resulted in better care for our patients.
Surface Water Rescue Team
Nature Coast EMS started the first surface water rescue team in our area. This team trains with local law enforcement and the U. S. Coast Guard. The joint training is designed to enhance skills of the EMT and Paramedic Team Members on how to assist and mitigate a water rescue incident when faced with these calls. This class requires a lot of in-water activity. A total swim of over 2000 yards is expected for the entire duration of the class. This course of instruction exceeds the NFPA standards for Technical Water Rescue. Nature Coast EMS is committed to keeping all team members safe and has trained all field team members in surface water rescue awareness. The water rescue team members in the photo are two Nature Coast EMS Paramedics and U.S. Coast Guard Yankeetown Team.
Nature Coast Transportation
Nature Coast EMS also operates Nature Coast Transportation. This service provides ambulatory, wheelchair and no-care stretcher transportation to appointments and other destinations. Drivers are trained in CPR and basic first aid. Stretcher transports utilize a minimum of two people to move, load and unload the stretcher. We currently serve Citrus, Marion, Alachua and Lake counties. For information contact dispatch at 352-249-4777.
Nature Coast Emergency Medical Institute
Emergency medical education is taught on location at our Lecanto building or we can bring the education to your site. Education provided is American Heart Association CPR, ACLS, PALS, AED, state approved Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic education. For more information look under the Education Tab or call 352-249-4751.