Paramedics to take bigger role in B.C. remote communities

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Starting next year, people living in rural and remote parts of B.C. can look forward to a new kind of paramedic in their communities.

BC Emergency Health Services Chief Operating Officer Jodi Jensen says the organization will start hiring the equivalent of 80 new full-time jobs in community paramedicine this spring.

She says this will use the skills of paramedics in non-traditional ways: “To assist seniors to stay in their home longer. That might be to assist those with chronic disease management and it could involve assistance with seniors in residential care which would help to avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room.”

Jensen says this approach is new here but exists in other provinces.

She says they’ll work to train existing paramedics before looking for new hires. No word on what the program costs.

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