By: JEMS Staff
In an effort to cut down ED overcrowding in its city’s hospitals, the Beverly Hills Fire Department has added a Nurse Practitioner Response Unit (NPRU) to its prehospital care team.
The one-year program, paid for by the city of Beverly Hills, is an effort to cut down on ED overcrowding.
“If you take a look at any of the local hospitals you’ll know their emergency rooms are filled with truly non-critical patients, but nonetheless people who need care,” Beverly Hills Mayor Julian Gold told KABC in an interview earlier this week.
Nurse practitioners are not new to Los Angeles-area fire department crews. The Los Angeles City Fire Department launched its first NPRU in January 2016, staffed by an LAFD firefighter/paramedic and a nurse practitioner. NP1 was stationed in Watts (in South Central Los Angeles, one of the busiest and toughest EMS jurisdictions in the country.
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