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LivingHealthPandemic: Paramedics on the front line

Pandemic: Paramedics on the front line

Lanark County paramedics offer drive-thru testing at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Almonte.

Celebrating Paramedic Services Week 2020

The unprecedented challenges of working on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic are not for the faint of heart. Lanark County Paramedics have reacted and adapted to keep our community healthy and safe during the COVID-19 crisis. This week is Paramedic Services Week, providing an opportunity to recognize the Paramedics in Lanark County.

Paramedics respond no matter what. They are at the scene of an emergency, any time, for all causes: car crashes, backcountry trauma, critical medical events, and mental crisis. These calls now come with the added challenge of providing excellent care with layers of protective gear that make it harder to move, communicate, and see. Paramedics in Lanark have successfully adapted and continue to provide excellent service and care to the residents of Lanark County.  “Paramedics are on the frontline every day, during unprecedented times, and I am proud of the team we have and their continued ability to rise to any challenge that comes their way,” says Mary Wilson Trider, President and CEO.

Lanark County Paramedics have also responded in new ways during the pandemic. The Lanark County Community Paramedic Program has expanded to help with COVID-19 testing and assessments. To date, the Community Paramedics have tested over 2,100 people in Lanark County. Chief Travis Mellema explains: “Their work is so important. These paramedics are bolstering the ability of our health care system. They have tested patients and staff at long-term care homes, aided with the COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Almonte, and they are providing in-home tests to patients, who otherwise, would have an inability to access testing.”

The Community Paramedics have also seen a rapid increase in their in-home visit program. Referrals have increased by over 67% in the first month alone.  The home visits aim to improve the health of high-risk individuals and decrease the need for emergency care. The Community Paramedic will visit a referred patient as many times as needed. They provide assessment, wellness checks, treatment, or to connect them with community services and supports.  The team is expecting to expand their in-home treatment ability even further in the coming weeks.

As we celebrate Paramedic Services Week, a huge thank you to our dedicated and skilled Lanark County Paramedics.

Almonte General Hospital – Fairview Manor &
Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital




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