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Community Paramedic

Keeping you home and healthy.

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Paramedic House Call Program

Our Certified Community Paramedics take a proactive approach to healthcare by visiting people’s homes to help them live healthier lives, rather than just responding to emergencies. Their goal is to keep individuals at home and healthy by providing services such as taking vital signs, changing dressings, administering lab tests, following up on hospital orders, and managing medications.

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Follow-Up Care

We provide follow-up care based on the Social Determinants of Health, as requested by a CRMC care provider, for individuals who have difficulty attending clinic appointments. While these patients are not in need of ambulance services, their conditions could worsen without proper care. This service is available within a 50-mile radius of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.

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Scheduled Visits

Community paramedics provide scheduled home visits to frail and elderly patients, those with chronic conditions requiring frequent testing and assessments, and individuals recovering from surgery. These visits are arranged through doctor’s offices and clinics to help prevent costly emergency department treatments.

With a simple call from a primary care physician or a referral from the emergency department, surgery center, or inpatient team, a community paramedic can conduct lab tests, take vital signs, perform general assessments, or follow up on hospital discharge orders. Equipped with medical training, years of experience, and a respectful approach to entering people’s homes, paramedics possess a unique skill set for this type of care.

During each shift, community paramedics reach out to patients recently discharged from the hospital to monitor their health. They provide essential non-emergency healthcare services in the home, such as changing dressings, wrapping knees, and even scheduling clinic visits.

Comprehensive Visits

In addition to providing healthcare services, community paramedics conduct comprehensive safety surveys in patients’ homes. They assess for trip hazards, ensure proper and easy access inside and outside the home, and check for the availability of meals. They also inform patients about helpful local resources.

Community paramedics receive further education on chronic disease management, medication compliance, and home safety, including fall risk and dizziness balance assessments. They are trained to implement instructions from primary care providers.

As part of their 300-hour training curriculum, community paramedics map health needs in underserved areas, with rural populations often facing challenges in accessing healthcare. While patients may be able to manage their daily needs, transportation to a doctor or clinic can be difficult. Community paramedics bridge this gap by traveling to patients’ homes, providing checkups, and staying in contact with physicians, eliminating the need for patients to worry about transportation.

These visits are provided at no cost to the patient.

Qualifying Patients

Anyone who needs assistance can be referred for this service.

Following are the most common diagnoses.

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Diabetes
  • Pneumonia
  • Post Operative (ortho or otherwise)
  • Renal insufficiency or failure
  • Those who take multiple prescription medications

Treatments & Interventions

  • Assessment of kidney status
  • Assessment of respiratory status
  • Comprehensive assessment of home medical equipment
  • Comprehensive patient assessments
  • Coordinate care with home health nurse
  • Coordinate communication with physician
  • Home safety surveys
  • INR checks and lab draws (blood test that measures how long it takes blood to clot)
  • Medication delivery (IV fluids, iron, and other injectables)
  • Medication reconciliation
  • Set up appointments
  • Welfare checks
  • Wound care

Meet the Team

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    Penny Pearson, NRP

    Community Paramedic

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