Ambulance New Brunswick has announced a pilot program for recruiting advanced care paramedics to help ambulances responding to high-acuity calls. 

High-acuity references the severity of a presenting medical issue, with a higher number representing more complex, co-occurring issues. High-acuity cases sometimes are also chronic cases, but often present more immediate logistical problems requiring additional responder assistance.

Health Minister Victor Boudreau says advanced care paramedic positions in Saint John, Moncton, Bathurst and Edmundston have been posted with a competition closing date of Jan. 25.

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Boudreau says Ambulance New Brunswick plans to recruit eight full-time and eight casual advanced care paramedics as part of the first phase of the program. It's expected these positions will be integrated into the ambulance system as early as April.

Matthew Crossman, president of Ambulance New Brunswick, says advanced care paramedics will be dispatched to work in tandem with primary care paramedics on calls where advanced interventions on scene could lead to better patient outcomes.

Ambulance New Brunswick provides air and land ambulance service throughout the province with over 1,000 health-care professionals, including paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and critical care flight nurses.

 

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