The “Star of Life” has become synonymous with emergency medical care around the globe.
Adapted from the personal Medical Identification Symbol of the American Medical Association, each bar on the “Star of Life” represents one of six EMS functions. The functions include:
4. On-Scene Care,
5. Care in Transit,
6. Transfer to Definitive Care.
The serpent and staff in the symbol portray the staff of Asclepius, an ancient Greek physician deified as the god of medicine. Overall, the staff represents medicine and healing, with the skin-shedding serpent being indicative of renewal.