Improving Pediatric Asthma Through Community Paramedicine
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM EDT
To reduce preventable emergency service use due to high pediatric asthma rates, University Health System (UHS), in San Antonio, developed the Community Paramedics Pediatric Asthma Program. Community paramedics provide asthma assessments, treatment, education, follow-up visits, and care coordination services during home visits for children who frequently use emergency services.
Among 53 program participants, asthma-related emergency department visits decreased by 87 percent, and hospital admissions decreased by 100 percent in about one year. Participants heard UHS experts share how they achieved these results and what lessons they learned along the way.