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Paramedics See Roles Expand To Keep Patients Out Of ER

Paramedic Ryan Ramsdell checks 68-year-old Earl Mayes’ blood pressure during a home visit on March 26, 2015 in Sparks, Nevada. Ramsdell is part of a community health plan to help reduce avoidable emergency room visits by treating patients at home. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)
Paramedic Ryan Ramsdell checks 68-year-old Earl Mayes’ blood pressure during a home visit on March 26, 2015 in Sparks, Nevada. Ramsdell is part of a community health plan to help reduce avoidable emergency room visits by treating patients at home. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)

In Reno and around the country, paramedics are providing more primary and preventive care and taking non-emergency patients to facilities other than emergency rooms. It’s part of a pilot project to test new models of emergency medicine, including making changes to the country’s 911 system. Anna Gorman of Kaiser Health News has our story.

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