FOUNDATIONS OF EMS & COMMUNITY PARAMEDICINE

FST3043 - FOUNDATIONS OF EMS & COMMUNITY PARAMEDICINE

3 credit hours

This course examines frequent callers to 911 for EMS services, and how some Fire/EMS agencies are finding unique solutions.  Community paramedics interact and treat patients in changing ways engaging a wide variety of community resources to meet the needs of frequent users of the EMS system. Community paramedics are able to serve the patient and the community by providing a wider array of services more closely matched to the patient's need. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe Community Paramedicine programs around the Nation which effectively assist “frequent 911 callers.”
  2. Explain the changes in protocol, and state laws and regulations, needed to practice Community Paramedicine in your state.
  3. Compare and contrast Community Paramedicine programs that are Fire / EMS based, with those that are based at hospitals, social service agencies, or private EMS services.
  4. Examine the financial and other impacts on your community’s Fire / EMS department if a Community Paramedicine program is launched in your service area.
  5. Discuss the differences in patient advocacy between a paramedic who only responds to 911 calls and a community paramedic.     

Larry Bennett    Mark Johnston