Community Paramedicine Report
Community paramedicine is a locally designed, community-based, collaborative model of care that leverages the skills of paramedics and EMS systems to address care gaps identified through a community specific health care needs assessment.
A community paramedic is a paramedic with additional standardized training who works within a designated community paramedicine program under local medical control as part of a community-based team of health and social services providers.
Potential Community Paramedicine Services Prehospital Services
- Transport patients with specified conditions not needing emergency care to alternate, non-emergency department locations.
- After assessing and treating as needed, determine whether it is appropriate to refer or release an individual at the scene of an emergency response rather than transporting them to a hospital emergency department.
- Address the needs of frequent 911 callers or frequent visitors to emergency departments by helping them access primary care and other social services.
Post-Hospital or Community Health Services
- Provide follow-up care for persons recently discharged from the hospital and at increased risk of a return visit to the emergency department or readmission to the hospital.
- Provide support for persons with diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, or multiple chronic conditions.
- Partner with community health workers and primary care providers in underserved areas to provide preventive care.