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Paramedic practices changing around BC

Last Updated Apr 27, 2016 at 5:08 pm PDT

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Summary

Rural paramedic changes could lay the groundwork for urban plan

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) РRural paramedics are being given more responsibilities in BC. The changes will effect 73 rural communities, giving patients more access to primary care.

Paramedics can now make home trips for basic services like checking blood pressure, helping with diabetes care and assessing medication.

Ambulance Paramedics of BC President, Bronwyn Barter, says these new hirings will fill in gaps for these more remote areas.

“In communities right now paramedics are working on a call-out basis. This is actually adding full-time/part-time positions.”

She says while this is meant for rural communities, it lays the groundwork for an urban plan in the future.

“Right now it’s addressing rural and remote BC, but we also see this as a long-term solution with various levels of paramedics in metropolitan areas adjusting some of their issues as well.”