Paramedicine program eyed to reduce frequent trips to
Posted March 20,
Simcoe County's Paramedic Services is pitching for one-time funding of
about $300,000 that would target the "non-emergent primary care
needs of seniors and other vulnerable members of the community."
The "innovative program" would "support community-driven community
paramedicine activities that contribute to:
Improved patient access to the right care in the right
Improved delivery and coordination of services in the
community for older adults and other patients with unmet needs; and
System partnerships, collaborations and resource sharing
among service providers.
A report on next week's County council agenda deals with the impacts of
the "growing and aging population on paramedic services," whereby 16
per cent of the region's population is 65 or older, and generate 48 per
cent of all patient transfers. And within that demographic, in 2013,
there were 248 patients who generated 1,848 trips to the hospital - 70
of those to Stevenson Memorial in Alliston.
"All of these patients were transported a minimum of five (5) times
with the highest number of transports for one patient at 50," according
to Andrew Robert, Director and Chief, Paramedic Services, in his report
to council. "Given the rate of recidivism for these patients, local
statistics indicate there is significant opportunity to intervene
earlier in the plan of care to prevent more acute episodes of illness
and these repeated trips to hospital."
New Tecumseth's senior population - 65+ - was 5,170 or 18 per cent,
according to the 2011 Census. That was four per cent higher than the
average. New Tecumseth is home to several adult lifestyle communities
including Green Briar/Briar Hill, Tecumseth Pines, and Kingsmere. A new
paramedic station is slated for construction starting this spring on
Industrial Parkway, a location selected for its proximity to those
The provincial government has allocated $6 million in funding for a
community paramedicine program.
"Given the timelines associated with this announcement, staff are
currently in discussions with representatives from the Royal Victoria
Regional Health Centre, North Simcoe Muskoka Health Link teams and
Community Care Access Centre to explore opportunities for the
development of collaborative model that will promote health and assist
individuals to live independently, while helping to reduce emergency
transfers, unnecessary emergency room visits and hospital admissions."