The provincial Health Minister was in Camrose yesterday—as a followup call on Alberta’s community paramedics program.
They provide specialized support for vulnerable people throughout the province—and Minister Sarah Hoffman says they’ve been in place in the region–since February:
“You know this has been expanded to Camrose because we saw good results in Edmonton and Calgary. Thats where the first pilots happened. But even here–between February and now—they’ve responded to over 200 calls in the community–and the vast majority of those folks dont need to leave their homes. They can get a number of tests and other things–done on site.”
Hoffman says the program can avoid stressful trips to the ER–since the paramedics are trained in IV-treatment and blood transfusions, diagnostics, electrocardiograms and wound treatment. (photo credit–GOA)