Jesse Roman

New NFPA Journal looks at emerging trend of community paramedicine and what it means for first responders

Blog Post created by Jesse Roman Employee on Jan 21, 2016

6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d190c587970c-800wi.jpg

There is a dramatic shift beginning to happen with how healthcare is delivered in the United States, and fire departments could have a big role to play, according to Thomas Breyer, the director of Fire and EMS Operations at the International Association of Fire Fighters.

 

In the feature article “Community Coverage” in the new January/February NFPA Journal, Breyer writers about the rise of community paramedicine, or mobile integrated healthcare as it’s sometimes called, where non-emergency medical care is provided outside of a hospital setting, usually in patients’ homes, by fire-based paramedics or emergency medical technicians.

 

These types of home services “are intended to keep people out of hospital emergency rooms and thereby reduce health care costs while keeping emergency resources free for true emergencies,” Breyer writes. “Such programs represent a dramatic reinvention of healthcare delivery in this country, where the fire department, rather than a hospital, is the central connector in a patient-centric system.”

 

Learn much more about these programs, where they are working, what issues they raise, how hospitals benefit, and how NFPA is involved, in the “Community Coverage” feature story in the new NFPA Journal.

 

Receive the print edition of NFPA Journal and browse online member-only archives as part of your NFPA membership. Learn more about the many benefits and join today.

Outcomes