Community paramedicine program proves potential value

Northwell Health (N.Y.) has published preliminary results of the impact their community paramedicine program had within an advanced illness management program. “Providing Acute Care at Home: Community Paramedics Enhance an Advanced Illness Management Program — Preliminary Data” was published in the Journal of American Geriatric Society on August 30, 2016.

Of the 1,602 patients enrolled in advanced illness management, see the workflow diagram, over the first 16 months, just under 50 percent required an emergency response. Of those “404 patients used community paramedicine at least once, and 369 patients used only traditional EMS.”

There were a total of 1,755 responses for the 773 patients, of which nearly 38 percent were community paramedicine responses. Patients that were seen by the community paramedics remained at home 78 percent of the time and only nine those patients were subsequently transported to the emergency department within 24 hours of the community paramedic visit.

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