The difference between the number of events and transports, indicates patients that called HPS but did refused transport and did not require further medical assistance at hospital. By analysing this difference, HPS looks to understand and provide alternative services that better meet the needs of events and patients outside traditional 911 response. Moving forward with alternate destination protocols this number will reflect the changes implemented.
Story behind the numbers
With a heavy burden on the health care system, an increase in residents not having access to a primary health care provider (i.e. family physician) and 911 being a readily available service, people will utilize paramedic's expertise to seek medical attention/advice for minor illnesses and injuries. This results in a paramedic response to a patient, but not having to transport them to a medical facility.
As the result of recent changes to the Ambulance Act of Ontario, HPS will be collaborating with the MOHLTC and local agencies to determine Alternate Destination Guidelines to allow paramedics to transport patients to other facilities outside the hospital. In addition to this, HPS is coordinating with the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to provide Community Paramedic follow-up services for patients that call 911 on a variety of occasions but do not require transport to hospital. The objective is to provide the services the client needs at home and reduce their dependence on the 911 system.
|2018 - January to June||25737|
Transports per Day
|2018 - January to June||142|
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