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"Community Paramedic"

Karen A Abrashkin, Jonathan Washko, Jenny Zhang, Asantewaa Poku, Hyun Kim, Kristofer L Smith
Models addressing urgent clinical needs for older adults with multiple advanced chronic conditions are lacking. This observational study describes a Community Paramedicine (CP) model for treatment of acute medical conditions within an Advanced Illness Management (AIM) program, and compares its effect on emergency department (ED) use and subsequent hospitalization with that of traditional emergency medical services (EMS). Community paramedics were trained to evaluate and, with telemedicine-enhanced physician guidance, treat acute illnesses in individuals' homes...
December 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Madison Brydges, Margaret Denton, Gina Agarwal
BACKGROUND: Expanded roles for paramedics, commonly termed community paramedicine, are becoming increasingly common. Paramedics working in community paramedicine roles represent a distinct departure away from the traditional emergency paradigm of paramedic services. Despite this, little research has addressed how community paramedics are perceived by their clients. METHODS: This study took an interpretivist qualitative approach to examine participants' perceptions of paramedics providing a community paramedicine program, named the Community Health Assessment Program through Emergency Medical Services (CHAP-EMS)...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
Jason R Berman, Dan Swayze
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2016: EMS World
Peter O'Meara, Christine Stirling, Michel Ruest, Angela Martin
BACKGROUND: Community paramedicine programs have emerged throughout North America and beyond in response to demographic changes and health system reform. Our aim was to identify and analyse how community paramedics create and maintain new role boundaries and identities in terms of flexibility and permeability and through this develop and frame a coherent community paramedicine model of care that distinguish the model from other innovations in paramedic service delivery. METHODS: Using an observational ethnographic case study approach, we collected data through interviews, focus groups and field observations...
February 2, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Elsie Kusel, P Brian Savino
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2015: JEMS: a Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Angela Martin, Peter O'Meara, Jane Farmer
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a community paramedicine program in rural Ontario, Canada, through the perceptions and experiences of consumers. DESIGN: An observational ethnographic approach was used to acquire qualitative data through informal discussions, semi-structured interviews and direct observation of interactions between consumers and community paramedics. SETTING: The study was conducted in rural Ontario where a community paramedicine program has been established consisting of four components: ad hoc home visiting, ageing at home, paramedic wellness clinics and community paramedic response unit...
August 2016: Australian Journal of Rural Health
John Erich
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2015: EMS World
Bryan Y Choi, Charles Blumberg, Kenneth Williams
Mobile integrated health care and community paramedicine are models of health care delivery that use emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to fill gaps in local health care infrastructure. Community paramedics may perform in an expanded role and require additional training in the management of chronic disease, communication skills, and cultural sensitivity, whereas other models use all levels of EMS personnel without additional training. Currently, there are few studies of the efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of mobile integrated health care and community paramedicine programs...
March 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
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Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NY, is using smartphone technology to enhance follow-up calls to senior patients who have visited the ED, and to help provide acute-level care to select patients in their own homes. Investigators are hoping to show that these approaches can improve care and coordination while trimming costs, and they expect that patients will approve of these new approaches as well. While senior patients are still in the ED, nurse coordinators will work with them to load a HIPAA-compliant application to their smartphones so they can conduct face-to-face follow-up calls that meet HIPAA standards...
May 2015: ED Management: the Monthly Update on Emergency Department Management
Martina Heinelt, Ian R Drennan, Jinbaek Kim, Steven Lucas, Kyle Grant, Chris Spearen, Walter Tavares, Lina Al-Imari, Jane Philpott, Paul Hoogeveen, Laurie J Morrison
There is a lack of definitive evidence that preventative, in-home medical care provided by highly trained community paramedics reduces acute health care utilization and improves the overall well-being of patients suffering from chronic diseases. The Expanding Paramedicine in the Community (EPIC) trial is a randomized controlled trial designed to investigate the use of community paramedics in chronic disease management ( ID: NCT02034045). This case of a patient randomized to the intervention arm of the EPIC study demonstrates how the added layer of frequent patient contact by community paramedics and real-time electronic medical record (EMR) correspondence between the paramedics, physicians and other involved practitioners prevented possible life-threatening complications...
2015: Prehospital Emergency Care
Ian R Drennan, Katie N Dainty, Paul Hoogeveen, Clare L Atzema, Norm Barrette, Gillian Hawker, Jeffrey S Hoch, Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai, Jane Philpott, Chris Spearen, Walter Tavares, Linda Turner, Melissa Farrell, Tom Filosa, Jennifer Kane, Alex Kiss, Laurie J Morrison
BACKGROUND: The incidence of chronic diseases, including diabetes mellitus (DM), heart failure (HF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is on the rise. The existing health care system must evolve to meet the growing needs of patients with these chronic diseases and reduce the strain on both acute care and hospital-based health care resources. Paramedics are an allied health care resource consisting of highly-trained practitioners who are comfortable working independently and in collaboration with other resources in the out-of-hospital setting...
December 2, 2014: Trials
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In a continuing effort to ease demand on busy EDs, some communities are coming up with new ways to leverage paramedics. Under a three-year pilot program in Raleigh, NC, a select group of paramedics with added training are being used to assess patients with mental health or addiction problems and transfer them to alternative facilities when appropriate. In Robbinsdale, MN, a community paramedicine program is filling in care gaps for patients with chronic diseases and other complaints who are at risk for repeat ED visits or inpatient hospitalizations...
March 2014: ED Management: the Monthly Update on Emergency Department Management
Judith C Finn, Daniel M Fatovich, Glenn Arendts, David Mountain, Hideo Tohira, Teresa A Williams, Peter Sprivulis, Antonio Celenza, Tony Ahern, Alexandra P Bremner, Peter Cameron, Meredith L Borland, Ian R Rogers, Ian G Jacobs
BACKGROUND: As demand for Emergency Department (ED) services continues to exceed increases explained by population growth, strategies to reduce ED presentations are being explored. The concept of ambulance paramedics providing an alternative model of care to the current default 'see and transport to ED' has intuitive appeal and has been implemented in several locations around the world. The premise is that for certain non-critically ill patients, the Extended Care Paramedic (ECP) can either 'see and treat' or 'see and refer' to another primary or community care practitioner, rather than transport to hospital...
2013: BMC Emergency Medicine
John Erich
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2013: EMS World
Blair L Bigham, Sioban M Kennedy, Ian Drennan, Laurie J Morrison
BACKGROUND: Paramedics are an important health human resource and are uniquely mobile in most communities across Canada. In the last dozen years, challenges in the delivery of health care have prompted governments from around the globe to consider expanding the role paramedics play in health systems. Utilizing paramedics for the management of urgent, low-acuity illnesses and injuries has been coined "community paramedicine," but the role, safety, and effectiveness of this concept are poorly understood...
July 2013: Prehospital Emergency Care
Jeanne Mettner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2013: Minnesota Medicine
Mannie Garza
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2007: JEMS: a Journal of Emergency Medical Services
P F O'Meara, D Kendall, L Kendall
CONTEXT: A small, isolated community in the south east of Australia, Malacoota, had a long-standing concern about the adequacy of their emergency medical systems. There was no hospital, the local medical practitioners were under stress and their ambulance services were limited. Following an approach through the local Division of General Practice in August 2002, the School of Rural Health at Monash University was invited to assist. ISSUES: A policy development toolkit was used to improve the rural urgent care systems through engagement with community members...
July 2004: Rural and Remote Health
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