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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.

This project was recognized as a 2018 Gage Awards Promising Program. Read more about the Gage Awards program and view project posters and videos from all 2018 recipients.

Speakers

Anna Taranova, MD, MS
Executive Research Director
University Health System

Robert Sanders, DO
Pediatrician
University Health System

Delana Gonzales, MPH
Program Manager
University Health System

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