The Paramedic Referral Program is a clinical initiative of the Huron County Community Paramedicine Program. Its primary goal is to refer patients observed as having a high risk of adverse medical outcomes to the Community Care Access Center (CCAC) and Community Services. This allows individuals to receive the most appropriate care available outside the Emergency Department.
It is widely acknowledged that certain conditions can be dealt with safely and appropriately outside the Emergency Department allowing patients to remain in their homes reducing the use of Paramedic Services and Emergency Department services.
The referral process is guided by an evidenced-based clinical prediction tool called PERIL or Paramedics assessing Elders at Risk for Independence Loss. This tool filters patients through a set of general questions. These questions identify those at high risk for adverse outcomes after a paramedic visit. This tool has assisted approximately 75 seniors living in Huron County to receive the appropriate assistance needed. This tool allows them to be safer in their homes, thus they are able to stay in their homes.