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Paramedic Pilot Program aims to reduce hospital re-admissions

KAWARTHA LAKES-Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service, Ross Memorial Hospital and the City have partnered to reduce hospital re-admissions.

Monday was the first day of the three-month Community Paramedic Pilot program. The program, which was approved by Council in February, was created to help reduce patient re-admission with a focus on seniors at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay.

“We’ve been eager to begin this program with Ross Memorial,” stated Autumn Campbell, Superintendent, Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services. “We are hopeful that we will begin to see an impact on the number of re-admissions and patient care needs through the launch of this initiative.”

The City of Kawartha Lakes says earlier in the year, Ross Memorial indicated that they were experiencing patient over-capacity, looking specifically at the number of available beds and the rate of patients who were either being re-admitted into their care or were waiting to be transitioned to a long-term care facility. A community stakeholder meeting earlier in the year also identified that our senior demographic was seeing the highest rates of re-admission, placing the emphasis of the program on identifying their needs during the “hospital to home” transition according to the City.

“Those who are discharged early, or who may require attention but do not meet the criteria to stay admitted, will benefit by ensuring their needs are addressed while living at home,” explained Sara Johnston, Acting Chief, Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services. “For those who are waiting to be transferred to long-term care, this program will help bridge the transition by monitoring their status until a facility is available, while also making room for additional patients at Ross Memorial.”

The pilot program has been given $25,000 in program funding, aims at assisting patients who are at high-risk for re-admission by scheduling a paramedic five days a week to make home visits. The visits will be looking at how the individual is doing from a vital sign perspective, including their level of awareness, cognitive ability and assessing their living space to evaluate if it is safe to live in. Julie Milne with Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services will be the designated Paramedic scheduled to make the visits throughout the three-month period.

“Transitioning patients from hospital to home in a safe and timely way impacts everyone needing care at the hospital,” said Anne Overhoff, RMH Chief Nursing Executive. “We’re grateful to our Paramedic partners, and to the municipality for supporting this innovative pilot project.”

 

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