Ambulance service’s pledge to treat more patients at home
PUBLISHED: 15:02 20 June 2014
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Officials from the region’s ambulance service have pledged to train all of its paramedics to treat non life threatening wounds in people’s homes, rather than taking them to hospital.
The East of England Ambulance Service began the specialist training two years ago and has so far trained 80 paramedics to use wound closure treatment. During 2013/14, more than 400 patients received treatment in their own homes to patch up wounds with adhesive stitches or dissolvable glue.
Jori Krijgsman, clinical operations manager, said: “The treatment ultimately means better care for patients and saves them a journey to hospital. The wound can be treated quickly and effectively thorough the use of adhesive stitches or dissolvable glue.”
After good feedback from patients and paramedics, the training has now been introduced to the NHS trust’s new student paramedic course. The ambulance service is recruiting 400 students this year, with more than 200 people receiving offers, and 100 have started their training across the region.