Poudre Valley Hospital Emergency Medical Services has provided 911 Advanced Life Support to Ft. Collins and Northern Larimer County for 42 years. PVH EMS are the leaders in EMS, public safety and health promotion in the region providing not for profit service to 300000 residents and 2500 square miles in Larimer and Weld Counties.
PVH EMS provide the support through leadership, education, protocols and Physician Advisors to the below organizations. 

Northern Larimer County Rural EMS and Western Weld County consists of group of 18 community EMS provider organizations that work along side PVH EMS. Member agencies and individual providers utilize Poudre Valley Hospital emergency physicians as online medical control and Dr. Darren Trembley as physician advisor.

The Poudre Valley Hospital EMT Reserve Program is the volunteer branch of PVH EMS which serves the Fort Collins, Windsor Johnstown and Milliken Colorado, area. We provide Emergency Medical Services for special events while offering training, experience and community service opportunities to Emergency Medical Technicians.

Together we work to provide consistent, world-class emergency medical service to our community, neighbors and visitors. We collaborate on 911 responses, training and support.

House calls not a thing of the past

January 6, 2015 By  Leave a Comment

Community Paramedic Program focuses on prevention, keeping patients in their homes.house_calls_500

It used to be—back in the old days— that doctors drove their horse-drawn buggies to a person’s home. With black medical bag in hand, the doc climbed down, ready for a home visit.

Nowadays it’s rare for physicians to make house calls, but enthusiasm for caring for people in their homes exists in Poudre Valley Hospital’s emergency medical services department.

The department offers the Community Paramedic Program, a free service provided in conjunction with the Aspen Club, the hospital’s senior services organization. Community members interested in receiving home visits should contact the Aspen Club: 495- 8560.

The program provides in-home health care assistance and conducts risk assessments that help keep community members healthy and safe, and out of the hospital.

The program is staffed by four paramedics specially trained in the skills needed for such home visits.

Upon request by a community member, one of the paramedics is dispatched to the person’s home. There,\ the paramedic is available to conduct such primary services as blood pressure tests.

The paramedic also will do checks of blood glucose monitoring, and oxygen saturation and cardiac monitoring devices; check carbon monoxide alarms; and evaluate risk assessments of in home hazards that might lead to trips or falls for the person.

The goal reflects a saying coined two centuries ago by Benjamin Franklin: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

“Ultimately, it’s about prevention,” said Ted Beckman, a paramedic division chief who oversees the program. “We do what we can to help people remain healthy in their homes where they are more comfortable.”

In one case, for example, paramedics helped an elderly Fort Collins man who had difficulty remembering which of his dozen medications to take every day. A missed medication—his cardiac medicine, for example—could easily lead to a 911 call and emergency room visit.

So a paramedic visited him weekly to make sure his prescriptions were filled and help him portion out the pills into a dispenser so he knew which medication to take each day.

Beckman noted that the program is not meant to replace home visits by nurses or therapists, or visits to a physician’s office, nor the necessity of calling 911 in an emergency medical situation.

“We want to prevent the next 911 call,” he continued, “and keep people in our community safe and independent in their homes for as long as they want to be.”

The department launched the program in late 2010, fashioning it after a program developed by EMS in Eagle County, Colo.

The program is one of several community outreach efforts underway by PVH’s EMS. The department provides community education on infant carseat installations; bicycle and helmet use; CPR training; and fire and fall prevention, a collaborative effort with Poudre Fire Authority.

The department also has 100 volunteers trained as EMTs who proved emergency medical service at 350 community events a year.