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Nova Scotia to Train 200 Emergency Medical Responders to Boost Ambulance Services

Nova Scotia plans to train 200 emergency medical responders (EMRs) within two years to improve ambulance services, reduce wait times, and enable paramedics to focus on critical calls.

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Sakchi Khandelwal
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Nova Scotia to Train 200 Emergency Medical Responders to Boost Ambulance Services

The government of Nova Scotia has unveiled an ambitious plan to bolster its emergency medical services by training up to 200 emergency medical responders (EMRs) within the next two years. This move is designed to reduce wait times, enhance ambulance availability and enable paramedics to focus on more critical calls.

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Revamping Nova Scotia's Emergency Medical Services

The initiative is set to revolutionize emergency medical services in the province. EMRs will have the capacity to stabilize, assess, and transport patients to hospitals. They will be trained to work in offload areas in Emergency Departments, ensuring a seamless transition from on-site care to hospital assistance. Furthermore, two EMRs will have the ability to manage the transfer of low-risk patients who do not require medical attention while in transit. This will allow for more efficient use of resources and will enable paramedics to attend to more urgent cases.

Training the Next Generation of EMRs

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Medavie HealthEd is set to take the helm of this training initiative, starting in March. The training, expected to last three months, will endow the trainees with the necessary skills to assess, stabilize, and transport patients. Upon completion, they will be licensed and regulated by the College of Paramedics of Nova Scotia. To ensure that the standard of care remains high, trainees must pass a national exam administered by the Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators.

Anticipated Impact and Industry Response

The first group of trained EMRs is anticipated to begin working by the summer. Charbel J. Daniel, the executive director of provincial operations at Emergency Medical Care Inc., has expressed optimism about the initiative. He stated that integrating EMRs into the system has been successful elsewhere in the country and is expected to enhance service delivery in Nova Scotia. The plan also includes developing a bridging program for EMRs who wish to transition to becoming paramedics, thus creating a sustainable talent pipeline for the province's emergency medical services.

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