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:
- Describe Community Paramedicine programs around the Nation which effectively assist “frequent 911 callers.”
- Explain the changes in protocol, and state laws and regulations, needed to practice Community Paramedicine in your state.
- 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.
- Examine the financial and other impacts on your community’s Fire / EMS department if a Community Paramedicine program is launched in your service area.
- Discuss the differences in patient advocacy between a paramedic who only responds to 911 calls and a community paramedic.
Larry Bennett Mark Johnston