Changes are on the way for Alberta Paramedics.
They will be switching from the Heath Disciplines Act to the Health Professions Act. Basically it means paramedics are going to have more leeway in what they do.
“This change allows them to use their skills more widely and treat more people, both in emergency situations and on non-urgent calls,” Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said in a release.
— Sarah Hoffman (@shoffmanAB) September 15, 2016
Alberta’s Chief Paramedic Darren Sandbeck tells the Alberta Morning News says there will be additional training now.
“There will be more training that will be required that we’ll be allowing access for our paramedics to have, which will increase their skill set and the skills that they’re able to deliver to patients across the province.”
Sandbeck says the change also gives paramedics the ability to do things like conduct medical tests in a patient’s home, and provide medication until a patient can get to a pharmacy.
The change is expected to improve care in rural Alberta as well. (kb/amn)