With significant numbers of patients residing in rural areas of any general population, the concerns of paramedics regarding their role in the community address a number of topics. The three articles reviewed consider the number of patients transported to hospitals from rural areas, the continuing expansion of paramedic responsibilities, and the role of the paramedic in bridging the gap between rural medical care and primary services.
Reed, B. and Bendall, J. (2015). Rural people’s use of ambulances to reach emergency departments in potentially serious health emergencies: Identifying patterns of use and non-use. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, [online] 12( Continue reading...