Community Paramedic Program (2015-2020) (Ongoing)
Percent Complete: 100%
Start Date: 10/01/2019
End Date: 09/30/2020
Increasingly, 911 emergency services are being accessed by individuals with low acuity medical issues, the chronically ill, those with no access to primary care, and those with behavioral health needs who find themselves in crisis with no other way to access appropriate care. Invariably, many of these patients are transported by rescue to a hospital’s ER even though it may not be the most appropriate way to meet their needs.
In March 2015, the Coral Springs Fire Department launched a pilot of a Community Paramedic program, based on best practices from several agencies across the nation. An existing, experienced paramedic was temporarily moved from the traditional 24 hour on and 48 hour off, to an eight hour a day, five days per week schedule to run the program. Based on the proven success of the interventions made to date, the City created a permanent Community Paramedic position in Fiscal Year 2017.
This paramedic will continue the program on a permanent basis, conducting house visits to patients who traditionally have used the 911 system for non-medical emergencies, or as their primary source of healthcare. This paramedic will assist these patients in meeting their non-medical needs, helping them obtain resources directly, instead of through the already taxed 911 system.
A community paramedic helps our citizens make better use of available emergency services and find solutions to problems that are not typically related to emergency medical care (transportation, follow up care, medication management, food, housing, utilities, etc.). These patients are being directly assisted or referred to agencies that can assist them.
This project that is 100% complete and functioning at 100% efficiency.
Capital Budget: $ 0.00
Initiatives: Closed Out/Completed | On Target/In Progress | Behind Schedule/Late | Discussion Needed Retreat/Workshop Item | Delay/Hold | No Milestone | Not Defined
Initiatives: Closed Out/Completed | On Target/In Progress | Behind Schedule/Late | Discussion Needed | Retreat/Workshop Item | Delay/Hold | No Milestone | Not Defined
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