Community Paramedic

Compensation

: $41,900.00 - $69,400.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time

Industry

: Firefighting



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Job Overview:

The Community Paramedic is responsible to follow-up with a patient within the 48-hours after hospital discharge to ensure that patient receives adequate follow-up assessment and care so that preventable causes of readmission are addressed and mitigated.

Primary Scope of Responsibilities:
  • Participate as part of a community based team to provide integrated out-of-hospital medical services to address a consumer s particular non-urgent medical condition
  • Provide information to CIHCS Agency consumers about relevant local community resources and other collaborative services
  • Examines, screens, treats and coordinates health services for patients
  • Conducts post-hospital discharge follow up care, including but not limited to, monitoring medication, dressing changes, and monitoring chronic disease processes and vital signs
  • Observes, records and reports to physician as to patients conditions and reaction to drugs, treatments, and/or significant events
  • Conducts patient education, including diabetes prevention and treatment, hypertension, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), chronic obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), fall assessment, injury evaluation, geriatric frailty visits and nutrition
  • Coordinates appointments and follow up with physicians and hospital departments
  • Administers patient care consistent with protocols and physician orders
  • Develops and completes appropriate Patient Care Reports
  • Attends pertinent meetings as requested and available
  • Provides and participates in training to maintain higher competencies of Community Paramedic
  • Complies with hospital infection control, disaster and emergency procedures
  • Performs other related functions as necessary
  • Responsible to follow-up with a patient within the 48-hours after hospital discharge to ensure that preventable causes of readmission are identified and mitigated.
  • Adheres reliably to all accepted patient safety standards.
  • Coordinating Community Paramedic related patient services
  • Performs patient medication reconciliation to check for compliance according to discharge medication orders.
  • Serves in advocacy role; encouraging active involvement of patient and family in their care
  • Prioritizes patient s situations and takes appropriate action in an efficient, effective manner.
  • Makes value-added resource decision for patient care with respect to supplies, equipment and acuity of care
  • Prepares clinical notes and documentation and complies with the Aspen Valley Hospital Reporting Requirements (**List reference number**)
  • Communicating appropriate medical status and treatment information to the patient and/or designated representative and, as applicable, the patient s care provider.
  • Keeps patients informed regarding what to expect pre/during/post procedure or assessment
  • Provides individualized patient and family education consistent with patient s learning style, readiness to learn and self-care needs
  • Evaluated the effectiveness of patient learning
  • Promote consumer dignity, independence, self-determination, privacy, choice and rights
  • Provide resources available to the patient within the community that may help provide for the patient needs and to prevent injury, illness, abuse and neglect
  • Provides oversight of care as needed of a Paramedic or EMT assistant
  • Operates Emergency vehicles and equipment safely and effectively
  • Maintains accurate and timely medical reports, charges, and logs including: ambulance report, ambulance run log, and vehicle log
  • Performs functions of a medical/nursing assistance nature at the direction of physicians in assigned areas within the certified capability of the Community Paramedic
  • Attends any additional assessment or procedure training as required by the referring physician
  • Maintains any associated equipment in constant state of readiness to include cleaning, inventory and maintenance checks as per the appropriate check-off lists
  • Assists with maintenance and cleaning of Aspen Ambulance District building, quarters, and bays
  • Assists in Department planning and offers suggestions for improvement of operations and equipment
  • Orients students or new EMTs to Ambulance and Hospital Emergency Unit Operations. Assists in coordination of continuing education and recertification of Hospital employed EMTs and nurses when possible
  • Ability and skill to perform basic life support as defined by Colorado State Rule 500/800 and applicable waivers
POPULATION SPECIFIC CRITERIA
  • Demonstrates the ability to assess and interact with customers of all ages, recognizing language and learning barriers, and technology challenges.
  • Able to state his/her duties during a code pink drill.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Must have completed approved Community Paramedic course: affiliated with a community college or university, completed required course didactic and clinical requirements
  • Has successfully passed the International Board of Specialty Certifications CP-C Exam
  • Ability to read and communicate effectively in English
  • Bi-Lingual in Spanish highly desired
  • In depth and up-to-date skills and knowledge of pre-hospital Emergency Medical Care techniques at the Paramedic level in order to provide emergency treatment for injured as normally acquired through the successful completion of a Colorado Department of Health Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Certification and current ALS Certifications
  • Written, verbal, quantitative and interpersonal skills normally acquired through the completion of a High School Degree in order to complete medical records, communicate effectively with patients and other Emergency Responders and to interrelate appropriately with Hospital personnel.
  • Desired, but not mandatory, the ability to evacuate and treat patients in the mountain and steep off-road settings normally acquired through completion of an off-road mountain evacuation course.
  • Ability to concentrate and show attention to detail
  • Relatively high degree of analytical abilities
  • Strong interpersonal skills required
  • Ability to work independently
Education/Certification Requirements:
  • Colorado State Community Paramedic endorsement required
  • Current Colorado State EMT-P certification required
  • National Registry EMT-P certification preferred
  • BLS certification required
  • ACLS certification required
  • PALS or PEPP certification required within 1 year of hire
  • NRP preferred
  • PHTLS or equivalent preferred
  • Current Colorado Driver s License required
Working Conditions:
  • May be exposed to variable environmental conditions including, but not limited to extremes in temperature, noise, and dust.
  • May be exposed to communicable diseases through normal or careless performance of responsibilities
  • May be exposed to mechanical dangers associated with mechanical devices
  • May be exposed to stressful situations


Associated topics: emergency room, emt basic, life, medic, paramedic, service technician, slh, technician i, technician iv, technician basic * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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