Do any of you use paramedics in your emergency departments? In hospitals around the country, paramedics are often viewed as outsiders to emergency departments’ processes. But does this ignore a tremendous opportunity to improve patient outcomes? Hear from Dr. Campbell how paramedics have improved patient care in their ED and the successes and challenges they have faced in achieving this.
Describe the roles and responsibilities of paramedics in the Emergency Department
Compare and contrast the effect of paramedic care providers with other ED care providers on patient care.
Describe a process to successfully introduce paramedics into the ED and evaluate determinants of improved patient care outcomes and system efficiencies.
Sam Campbell is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Charles V Keating Emergency and Trauma Centre in Halifax, a Trauma Team Leader; and On-line Medical consultant to the IWK/Maritime Poison Centre, EHS Nova Scotia Air Ambulance and Ground Ambulance services. His special interests are: The emergency management of Infectious and respiratory disease, continuous quality improvement and airway management.