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Paramedic service eyes transformation of service model

from Niagara This Week

With 911 medical call volumes in Niagara soaring, the region's paramedic service is looking at changing the way it responds to calls. At present, a vast amount of Niagara Emergency Medical Services resources are consumed by the sheer number of calls that paramedics rush to in ambulances, statistics show. But many do not warrant an ambulance response. "We're caught in a system where currently we take patients to the hospital to see if they need to go to the hospital," EMS chief Kevin Smith told the region's public health and community services committee. more

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