Arnika Paranjape
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 9, Iss. 3, 03 Mar 2017, pp 97

Historically, the function of emergency medical services
has been two-fold: To provide medical assistance during
acute and life-threatening medical conditions, and to
transport patients to hospital emergency departments. As
emergency care facilities and personnel are expected to deal
with routine and uncommon problems alike, operations and
maintenance of paramedic units incur high costs. Various
models to integrate these units into community healthcare
are now being proposed to optimise the cost-benefit ratio of
emergency medical services.

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