First-year data shows Wisc. city FD’s home visit program ‘greatly needed’
By: EMS1 Christina Lieffring / The Journal Times, Racine, Wisc.
The Mobile Integrated Health program sends specially trained paramedics to check in on patients recently discharged from the hospital.
RACINE, Wisc. — Looking a the numbers at the end of the first year of the Racine Fire Department’s home visit program, department Division Chief Brian Wolf said he’s seen how the program “is greatly needed.”
For its first year, the program has been focused on cardiac patients. Fire Chief Steve Hansen said the department’s partners in the program at Ascension All Saints would like to see the program expanded, but the department’s plan is to grow the program incrementally.
HELPING PEOPLE STAY HOME
The Mobile Integrated Health program sends specially trained paramedics to check in on patients who were recently discharged from the hospital. During those visits, the paramedics ensure the patients are following their discharge instructions, check their vital signs, provide long-term health guidance (regarding diet, exercise, quitting smoking, etc.), and check the home for potential health risks, such as tripping hazards. If the paramedics find anything alarming regarding the home or patient’s health, the patient’s doctor is immediately notified.
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