We are pleased to share that on January 8, 2021 we launched a new palliative care pilot project operated by our Dufferin County Paramedic Service.

While at a residence, Advanced Care Paramedics working with a team of health care partners, are now able to provide treatment for palliative patients in the comfort of their own home including administering specialized medications such as: Hydromorphone, Haloperidol and Glycopyrolate.

“This is a wonderful example of how the Dufferin County Paramedic Service continues to expand their skill set and help our community members.  By having the ability to provide specialized medications to palliative patients to relieve pain, agitation, nausea and chest congestion, it avoids a trip to the hospital for treatment.  Palliative patients can stay home with their loved ones which is especially important as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise,” remarked Dr. Karen Sandhu, Primary Care Physician.

“This new innovative and expanded model of care by Dufferin County Paramedic Service will help support patients and families in our community when they need it the most,” added Tom Reid, Chief, Dufferin County Paramedic Service.

Following the emergency call, the Community Paramedic connects with partners from Home and Community Care to ensure that the entire care team remains connected to the patients every step of the way including follow-up care.

For more information please contact Gary Staples, Deputy Chief, Performance, Quality & Development, Dufferin County Paramedic Service at (519) 278.1050 or gstaples@dufferincounty.ca.

Photo caption: Paramedics from Dufferin County Paramedic Service.