Community Paramedicine is a project that has Middlesex-London paramedics providing services that help patients with complex health conditions to live independently in their own homes, while helping to reduce unnecessary emergency department visits and hospital admissions. The Community Paramedicine project strives to promote a seamless link to appropriate health care services to ensure patients receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
Services currently provided through the Community Paramedicine pilot project, include:
Gives frontline paramedics the tools to proactively identify and electronically refer patients in need of additional community support services.
Refusal of Service Follow up
Allows frontline paramedics to request follow up for patients who required only a “lift assist”, or refused treatment or transportation to hospital. The follow up allows a determination whether additional community services are required.
Remote Patient Monitoring
An initiative between Canada Health Infoway, Future Health Services, and Middlesex-London EMS, the program is designed to assist patients with underlying chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and diabetes mellitus (DM), to learn to better self-manage their care and improve quality of life and longevity of independence. The program allows patients to use specialized devices to monitor their vital signs and transmit them to a monitoring paramedic. Regular follow up and communication of trends to the patient’s family physician promotes coordinated care and is intended to reduce the number of 9-1-1 calls, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations by frequent users of the health care system.
Eligibility for the program is based on a diagnosis of either COPD, CHF, DM and/or hypertension (high blood pressure), and one of the following may be required: Three 9-1-1 calls, or two Emergency Department visits, or one hospital admission in the past 12 months.
Crisis Mobile Team
Allows frontline paramedics to activate the Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex Branch Crisis Mobile Team to respond to a scene and conduct a crisis intervention for those patients suffering from mental health and/or additions issues, in the security of their own home.
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