In his It’s Your Health column, UTMB Dr. Michael Warren addresses the different levels of emergency care, including transport. “Emergencies usually involve panic, confusion, hubbub and fear. One of the reasons the 911 system was developed was to aid people quickly and efficiently in such a time of need. But if you think just punching those three numbers will bring you exactly the kind of care you need, be aware. There’s more to ambulance service than meets the eye. … There are three levels of emergency transport: basic life support, advanced life support and mobile intensive care units. All offer immediate service with qualified professionals who will transport you to the hospital promptly. But each is equipped to provide a different level of care and knowing these differences could impact the outcome of your health problem.”