L.A. Times Editorial Board Supports Englander's Nurse Practitioner Pilot Program for LAFD
Posted by Mitchell Englander on April 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Los Angeles Times Editorial Board: “There's nothing — nothing — that irritates people more about the department they otherwise love than watching a 50-foot firetruck with a crew of fully suited firefighters show up to a 911 call for a heart attack or bee sting. Inevitably, someone watching the drama will gripe, "Why can't they just send an ambulance…
A proposal by Councilman Mitchell Englander could start reordering priorities at the LAFD by diverting the least-urgent medical calls to a team of just two people — a nurse practitioner and a paramedic. They would use an ambulance, but the goal would be to treat people who call with minor medical needs right there at the scene, rather than schlepping them to the hospital — thus saving millions of dollars each year on ambulance rides and hospital admittances. Nurse practitioners are able to do more than paramedics, including writing prescriptions and performing minor procedures….”
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