An enhanced role for paramedics that will include front-line care, collaborating with nurse practitioners and administering portable lab analysis, was announced by Alberta Health Services Wednesday.
An announcement from the Health Minister, to ease pressure on Alberta’s busy and crowded emergency rooms is coming as no relief to the president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta.
EDMONTON - Alberta paramedics will be allowed to do more for patients to help relieve a bottleneck leading to long waits in emergency care.
CALGARY – Among additional hospital beds and funding to improve emergency rooms in Calgary and Edmonton, the province announced an expanded role for Alberta’s paramedics starting this summer. While front line workers are more than willing to take on additional duties, they say they’re already doing some of the tasks outlined Wednesday, and they need help.
There’s more smoke and mirrors than real facts in today’s announcement by the Alberta government of action to improve emergency care, says the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA).