Community preventive care clinics improve health and reduce calls to 911. Paramedics can be of great importance other than just save lives during emergencies. The study overlooked a program called Community Paramedicine at Clinic, which commenced several years ago. This involves paramedics in Hamilton, Ont., visiting to fund housing buildings that entail the major percentage of seniors.
Their work also involves providing fundamental health care like checking blood pressure, diabetes, coordinate risk assessments for fall as well as conduct group health education workshops in building’s general areas.
Sometimes they identify patients with escalated risks of health crisis and guide them regarding whom to get in touch with, but in most cases they remain connected with patient’s regular physician to let them know how better they are doing.
Researchers at McMaster University a short time ago determined to inspect how well the program was doing by observing the health of the residents in three buildings that received this visits in a timespan of one year and juxtaposed with those who did not. They discovered that there was a remarkable drop in the calls to 911 that received weekly visits, 3.1 calls per 100 units per month, compared with 3.99 calls per 100 units per month at the other buildings.
Lead researcher Dr. Gina Agarwal of McMaster’s Department of Family Medicine said that there was a significant drop of 22 per cent that denotes big savings for the healthcare system.
Simon Morgan was born and raised in Ottawa. Simon has worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and written for The Ottawa Sun, the Vancouver Sun and the Star. As a journalist for Island Daily Tribune, Simon mostly covers community events and human interest stories.