KCFD creates team to help residents with onsite health care needs

KCFD creates team to help residents with onsite health care needs
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The Kansas City Fire Department said that nearly 80% of all calls to 911 involve a request for medical service. Authorities said that many of those do not require an ambulance or a trip to the hospital.That is why the department has started a new Community Medical Response Team to provide health care and more when needed.”We have about 10 so far. Called us about 100 times last year,” said Michael Latta, a Kansas City Fire Department division chief. “Because they just don’t have any other way to get medical care.”People who don’t really need an ambulance but have other issues, prompting them to call for help.”Multiple times a day sometimes, and we knew taking him to the emergency room wasn’t the answer,” Latta said.”How do we find those individuals and get them that resource that they need?” Kansas City fire Chief Donna Lake said.They came up with the city’s first Community Medical Response Team. The team is made up of three paramedics, who provide onsite health care and home safety assessments.”We try and get them home care or home health and they call us a lot less,” Latta said.The fire department said it is about going beyond the call. They said it is recognizing the needs in the community and being able to help them in a lot of different ways.The team can even transport and give COVID-19 vaccinations.”At the heart of everything we do in KCFD, it’s about public service,” Lake said.Lake said that the team vaccinated 28 homebound residents Tuesday. She said that each ambulance service call costs taxpayers about $2,000. The Community Medical Response Team can help save some of that expense.”It’s a way to extend health care to them in their home,” Latta said.”When somebody calls 911, they want assistance and if it doesn’t have a law enforcement nexus, it comes to KCFD,” Lake said.

The Kansas City Fire Department said that nearly 80% of all calls to 911 involve a request for medical service. Authorities said that many of those do not require an ambulance or a trip to the hospital.

That is why the department has started a new Community Medical Response Team to provide health care and more when needed.

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“We have about 10 so far. Called us about 100 times last year,” said Michael Latta, a Kansas City Fire Department division chief. “Because they just don’t have any other way to get medical care.”

People who don’t really need an ambulance but have other issues, prompting them to call for help.

“Multiple times a day sometimes, and we knew taking him to the emergency room wasn’t the answer,” Latta said.

“How do we find those individuals and get them that resource that they need?” Kansas City fire Chief Donna Lake said.

They came up with the city’s first Community Medical Response Team. The team is made up of three paramedics, who provide onsite health care and home safety assessments.

“We try and get them home care or home health and they call us a lot less,” Latta said.

The fire department said it is about going beyond the call. They said it is recognizing the needs in the community and being able to help them in a lot of different ways.

The team can even transport and give COVID-19 vaccinations.

“At the heart of everything we do in KCFD, it’s about public service,” Lake said.

Lake said that the team vaccinated 28 homebound residents Tuesday. She said that each ambulance service call costs taxpayers about $2,000. The Community Medical Response Team can help save some of that expense.

“It’s a way to extend health care to them in their home,” Latta said.

“When somebody calls 911, they want assistance and if it doesn’t have a law enforcement nexus, it comes to KCFD,” Lake said.

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