With a recent
increase in requests, the Community Paramedicine program in Prince Albert is
being expanded temporarily.
Paramedicine program launched in June 2018 as a partnership between Parkland Ambulance
and the local Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) Primary Healthcare team. Requests
for Community Paramedicine services have gone up since the start of the
COVID-19 pandemic; expanding the program will allow Parkland Ambulance to expand
the service to include a larger geographical area, increasing the number of
patients they can treat.
Paramedicine programs allow paramedics to provide services such as in-home assessments,
treatment and care, including catheter insertion, embolic stocking application,
administering oral antibiotics and intravenous fluids, phlebotomy, specimen
collection, suture removal, tracheostomy care, and wound assessment. They support
patients in Personal Care Homes, Assisted Living, the Palliative Care program,
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
program, and Long Term Care.
Paramedicine is an integral part of our healthcare system,” says Sherri Julé,
Director Emergency Medical Services North and Community Paramedicine Programs
for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. “The expansion of the program in Prince
Albert will enhance service for the patients by offering mobile care options
that were previously harder to access for some members of the population.”
“We are looking
forward to our increased ability to support patients and gaps in primary care
services in Prince Albert during the Pandemic.” says Jordan Ambrose, Director
of Operations for Parkland Ambulance. “This program has been extremely
successful to this point thanks to the hard work of our Community Paramedics.”
The expanded Community Paramedicine program in
Prince Albert took effect on June 4, 2020.
Parkland Ambulance has expanded its community paramedicine program to aid in pandemic response. Photo taken September 2019