What is Community Paramedicine?
Community Paramedicine (CP) is a model of care whereby paramedics apply their training and skills to community-based environments, beyond the traditional roles of emergency environments where paramedics are commonly found today. A Paramedic Working in Community cares for patients by applying a combination of core training, and when needed specialized skills, specialized protocols, in less urgent situations. CP uses a collaborative care model integrating with the health-care team, including physicians, nurses, EMS staff, community providers and patients.
- Provide patient-centered care
- Support available health-care services
- Support system flow in areas such as acute care, emergency departments, long term care, etc.
- Create dynamic multi-disciplinary working relationships
CP focuses on the needs of individuals and the communities that they reside in, this includes rural and urban settings. CP Services vary by community, services include (but not limited to):
- Assessments, Treatments & Follow Up Supports
- Making and/or Receiving Referrals for Additional Supports and/or Services
- Hospital Discharge Supports
- Medication Assistance & Administration
- Mental Health Supports
- Mobility Assistance
- Oxygen Supports
- Palliative Care Supports
- Specimen Collection
- Vital Signs Monitoring & Performance of ECGs
- Wellness Clinics & Checks
CP can take place in a variety of settings including, but not limited to working with Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) health-care workers in your home, health networks, continuing care, and acute care.
The service availability is dependent on the community in which the patient resides. Factors that can impact services provided, include:
- Existing CP services
- Type of service request
- Educational supports necessary
- Scope of practice of the available paramedics
Patients can access CP services by contacting their local physician, nurse practitioner, or health network teams. There is no cost to patients for receiving CP services. However, should a patient require an ambulance transport, standard billing rates will apply. CP does not replace the need to call 911 during an emergency.