Paramedic house call program prevents thousands of ER visits
A Calgary medical program that reinvented the old-fashioned house call has become so popular it can't keep up with demand, preventing as many as 4,500 emergency room visits this year alone.
The Community Paramedic Program provides help — ranging from electrocardiograms to blood transfusions — to seniors and people with chronic diseases or disabilities right in their own home.
Three years ago, when the first paramedics started making house calls, they saw about 1,600 patients. This year, they're on track to see 6,000 patients, including Deb Cousins, who has been living with Crohn's disease for three decades.
The 61-year-old has nothing but praise for the paramedics.
"They really changed my life," she says. "The doctor gets to go on to another patient, I get to be at home. It's just so good for the system and so good for everybody involved in the system."
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