Community paramedics fulfill proactive role in the community

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

from the Prince Albert Daily Herald:

A new program is seeing paramedics get out of the ambulance and into the community.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recently graduated the first class of Saskatchewan community paramedics. One of those first graduates is Sheldon Hirschfeld, an advanced care paramedic with Parkland Ambulance. He’s already out in the community, hoping his work in preventative care can result in more people avoiding the need for an ambulance in the first place.

“The community paramedic role is proactive rather than reactive,” Hirschfeld said last week while seeing residents of Caleb Village.

“It involved helping people understand some of the disease processes the may have, for example diabetes, or high blood pressure, or heart issues. We can help them navigate the health system and be more education about their disease.”

Hirschfeld said through partnerships, his role could assist in home care, with health clinics, in doctors’ offices, and more.

“The sky’s the limit as to what we can do,” he said.

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