Community Paramedics Work to Keep Regulars Out of ER


A recent KSTP story featured community paramedics – an innovative program where paramedics make scheduled visits to the homes of patients who may frequently go to the emergency room, don’t have a way to receive follow-up care, and/or may not have anyone to take care of them once they’re home.

The program, which began more than two years ago, removes emergency-trained paramedics for one or two days per week from their hectic routine of racing to the scene of accidents. Minnesota is leading the country in this creative approach to save health care and taxpayer dollars and improve lives. To date, North Memorial’s community paramedics have seen around 7,000 patients!

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