Expanding the LAFD Nurse Practitioner Program
Posted by Councilmember Englander on November 11, 2016 at 2:31 PM
This week, due to the overwhelming success of the Nurse Practitioner Response Unit (NPRU) Pilot Program, Council voted to expand and deploy an additional NPRU for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).
The NPRU, initiated by my February motion, is an alternative Emergency Medical Services response model for Los Angeles. Non-urgent, low level 911 call requests can be screened by LAFD Firefighter EMTs and rerouted to nurse practitioners within the LAFD organization. In their scope of practice, nurse practitioners can perform comprehensive on-site assessments and perform, treat and release, or treat and transfer.
With nearly 350,000 EMS calls coming into LAFD each year and the number of emergency room beds failing to keep pace, this Nurse Practitioner program provides a service for those who need on-site treatment and assessment. The NPRU is an efficient coordinated response to address both superusers and individuals with minor health care needs making it possible to reduce unnecessary and expensive emergency transport.