The Extended Care Paramedic (ECP) service now allows our South Australian clients to be treated at home without being transported to a hospital emergency department if it is not necessary to do so.
An ECP is a SA Ambulance Service Paramedic who has undergone intensive training. ECPs work collaboratively with other health care professionals to manage and treat people in their usual place of residence when it is safe to do so.
Health SA, Regional Manager, Lisa Turner, said the client’s requirements are assessed through a phone consultation and, if suitable, an ECP single responder is dispatched in an ambulance response vehicle as opposed to a traditional stretcher-carrying ambulance.
“The assessment and care may lead to discharge, a referral to their GP or to one of our other services,” Lisa explained.
“The ECP service not only allows people suffering from any one of a range of conditions to be assessed and treated at home but also helps reduce presentations at emergency departments.”
We are continuing to work with the SA Ambulance Service to better understand each other’s work and how we can better support each other through services like the ECP service.
“Our staff regularly cross paths with the ECPs and share many clients. We have initiated programs that allow our staff to exchange knowledge with the ECPs which has helped create opportunities for us to provide care collaboratively and ensure clients receive the right service at the right time.”