miércoles, julio 17

Somerton / Cocopah Fire Department and Regional Center for Border Health restart Community Paramedic program

On Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 the Somerton Cocopah Fire Department and the Regional Center for Border Health (RCFBH) restarted their Community Paramedicine program. This program had been on hold since March of 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic. This program targets patients that are high-risk or chronically ill that would benefit from additional assistance. These patients volunteer for this program and are visited by Somerton Cocopah Fire Department paramedics, a RCFBH Family Care Coordinator or Promotora, and most recent addition is a registered Nurse.

During the visit Paramedics will check vitals, do medication reconciliation, and inspect the home for any hazards. The Promotora will facilitate any social assistance and educate the patient if any changes need to be made. Our most recent addition of a registered Nurse allows our program to do at home A1c lab testing for patients that require this service. This simple blood test measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. The test results are given within 3 minutes. Once these members have completed the visit, their findings are documented, and their doctors are able to see how the patient is progressing and make any necessary changes to the patient’s health plan.

Prior to the pandemic, 98% of chronically ill patients enrolled in this program saw improvements to their overall health. We are excited and looking forward to help those in our community to improve their health.