Advancing Community Paramedicine Practice in Response to COVID-19
Award Date: 2021
Project Lead(s): Amber Hultink, Advanced Care Paramedic & Commander at County of Renfrew Paramedic Service
Project Title: Advancing Community Paramedicine Practice in Response to COVID-19
Already well situated in the community, paramedics work collaboratively with other community partners to help ensure patients receive the services that they require and the high quality in-home and in-community care they deserve. The Community Paramedicine Program aims to help patients in all stages of life (e.g., seniors, persons with disabilities, persons living with chronic disease) remain safely at home, decrease unnecessary 911 calls, decrease emergency room visits and length of stay in hospital, educate and relieve stress for family and caregivers, and improve the quality of life for patients by keeping them actively engaged and informed. During home and community visits, community paramedics can complete a host of healthcare tasks, including fall risk assessments, medication management and administration, and blood work.