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Rural Project Examples: Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

Effective Examples

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Livingston County Help For Seniors
Updated/reviewed August 2016
  • Need: Meeting the health needs of geriatric patients in rural Livingston County, New York.
  • Intervention: The Help for Seniors program was developed and using its “vodcasts,’ local EMTs were trained in geriatric screening methods and health needs treatment.
  • Results: In addition to developing a successful model for educating EMS personnel, the program screened over 1200 individuals and identified various risks among the geriatric population.
Abbeville County’s Community Paramedic Program
Added December 2015
  • Need: To reduce non-emergent visits to the emergency department as well as inpatient stays in rural South Carolina.
  • Intervention: A community paramedic program was started in Abbeville County, providing in-home preventive care to patients.
  • Results: Emergency room visits have decreased by 58.7% and inpatient stays by 60%. Many patients previously needing consistent services now only need occasional check-ups.

Other Project Examples

funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Great Basin College Emergency Medical Services Program
Updated/reviewed December 2017
  • Need: Recognizing the need to increase emergency response times, rural Nevada struggled to recruit and retain EMTs, AEMTs, and Paramedics.
  • Intervention: Great Basin College created the EMS program to recruit and train new EMTs and paramedics.
  • Results: The program has now trained hundreds of state-certified EMTs and AEMTs in rural Nevada.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Nevada Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal (NROOR)
Updated/reviewed December 2017
  • Need: To reduce the number of overdoses and deaths related to opioid overdose in rural Nevada.
  • Intervention: The Nevada Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal (NROOR) Program, led by a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), furnished naloxone and provided education on prescription opioid use and overdose.
  • Results: In total, 117 EMTs were trained on the administration of naloxone. EMTs greatly appreciated the naloxone training and the naloxone kits.
Rugby Community Paramedic Program
Added November 2017
  • Need: Low patient volumes, a shortage of EMS volunteers, and an aging population in a 5-county North Dakota region required a change in the way the Rugby EMS team delivered care.
  • Intervention: Through the Rugby Community Paramedic Program, EMS staff bring medical care to patients transitioning back into their homes, including those with chronic conditions and hospice patients.
  • Results: The program's early intervention methods helped reduce the number of emergency room admissions and the escalation of medical conditions. Patient satisfaction has improved and the program has gained the trust of patients and medical staff in Rugby and surrounding areas.
funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy MaineGeneral Harm Reduction Program
Added July 2017
  • Need: To reduce deaths from opioid overdoses in rural Maine.
  • Intervention: The MaineGeneral Harm Reduction Program provides community education and training for healthcare staff and first responders in rural Kennebec and Somerset counties.
  • Results: During the grant period, MaineGeneral trained 45 deputies and 246 healthcare staff and educated 60 community members.
Eagle County Community Paramedic
Updated/reviewed February 2017
  • Need: Rural areas nationwide have shortages of primary care providers and home health programs.
  • Intervention: Eagle County Paramedic Services is utilizing community paramedics in the provision of non-acute home care and assistance with immunizations and screenings in rural areas where it is difficult for these services to be accessed.
  • Results: The pilot program was featured at the 2010 International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine. After 18 months of implementing the program, a net total of $288,028 in healthcare costs was saved.
Simulation in Motion-South Dakota (SIM-SD) EMS Educational Outreach Program
Updated/reviewed January 2017
  • Need: To provide increased educational opportunities for emergency care personnel in rural and frontier South Dakota.
  • Intervention: A technologically advanced training was created to enhance the delivery of emergency patient care.
  • Results: Hundreds of EMS staff and volunteers received training that in turn helped them in the field of emergency patient care.
Rescue Divas EMT Recruitment
Updated/reviewed December 2016
  • Need: There is a shortage of EMTs in rural northern Wisconsin.
  • Intervention: Rescue Divas is a summer camp program geared toward middle school girls that was created to spark an interest in future careers in emergency medical services.
  • Results: The number of girls who were very interested in pursuing a career in EMS jumped from 6 to 13 after participating in Rescue Divas.
Rural Nevada EMS Conference
Added September 2016
  • Need: To provide rural Nevada EMS personnel an opportunity to receive quality training and current EMS information from national EMS educators.
  • Intervention: For 25 years, the Rural Nevada EMS Conference has been offering continuing education units and engaging sessions for EMS personnel.
  • Results: The 2015 conference was rated as "very good" or "excellent" by 97% of its 251 participants.