I found a great article about Community Paramedicine at the Journal of Emergency Medical Services website. JEMS is one of my favorite places to visit for information concerning EMS. I have a feeling that as time goes by, and more and more of Obamacare is implemented, Community Paramedicine will become the centerpiece discussion for EMS professionals. While it is an important part of EMS development right now I think it’s impact on preventative care will be tapped as a source to help control overall health care costs. Whether or not it actually works and how other professions, such as Nursing, react to it is still left to be seen.
My personal feeling is that there is a role to be played in Community Paramedicine by all levels of EMS. I don’t think it should be restricted to just Paramedic level providers. Furthermore, I believe utilizing EMS in the home setting can be beneficial in addressing Nursing shortages and freeing up Nurses to fill vacancies in other specialties. I want to make clear that my vision of Community Paramedicine Paramedics will not replace Nurses in home health situations. Instead Paramedics can address most, if not all, of the none-Nursing situations commonly encountered. This would free up Nurses to devote their attention to Nursing specific practices.
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