Community paramedicine delivers health care to your door

From the Press Herald:

Community paramedics are health care workers connected with an ambulance service or first-responder system. They provide care at home to patients who may not qualify for traditional home health care visits, but still need a range of help from vital sign checks, nutritional support and access to food banks, to wound care or to monitor prescription use.

Community paramedicine began in Maine under a pilot program in 2012 when 12 initial services were authorized by the Legislature. The program was paid for by participating ambulance services and first responder groups. Since then, two additional ambulance services have been approved and three to four more are applying for the CP program, said Jay Bradshaw, project coordinator for the program in Maine. There are 275 EMS groups in Maine, so those participating in the CP program represent a small fraction of providers.

But interest is growing. The topic was the focus of a two-day conference in South Portland last May that drew roughly 100 attendees from a range of emergency services providers across northern New England.

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