Paramedics See Roles Expand – Minus The Lights And Sirens

From Capital Public Radio:

Around the country, the role of paramedics is changing. In various states, they’re receiving extra training to provide more primary and preventive care and to take certain patients to urgent care or mental health clinics rather than emergency rooms. Ramsdell and others in his program, for instance, spent 150 hours in the classroom and with clinicians learning how to provide ongoing care for patients.

The changes are driven by the 2010 health law, which aimed to cut spending, expand patient access and improve quality of care. The federal government is funding the Nevada project and others in Arizona, Connecticut, Washington and elsewhere.

Telepsychiatry helps Rockford treatment center address doctor shortage

From RRStar:

The nation is experiencing a shortage of psychiatrists that started in the mid-1990s and is expected to last through 2020, according to the American Psychiatric Association. For several years, there’s been a significant drop in the number of students entering psychiatry residency programs. According to a recent study, the country is short about 25,000 psychiatrists.

What Kuna participates in is called telepsychiatry, and it’s helping treatment centers and hospitals across the country as well as private-practice psychiatrists serve patients in underserved areas and places where demand outpaces the number of available appointments.

‘Horrifying’ Emergency Room Photo Goes Viral

From the IJ Review:

When Paul Fox admitted his mother to Royal Stoke University Hospital in England, he expected there to be a line to visit the emergency room.

He didn’t, however, expect anything close to what he ended up seeing; a line stretching around several corridors, filled to the brim with suffering people: