Paramedics with advanced training can reduce the number of patients admitted to hospital unnecessarily, says NICE.
NICE is recommending the NHS provides more advanced paramedic practitioners (APPs) to relieve pressure on emergency departments, in new draft guidance. Evidence reviewed by NICE shows that using APPs can reduce hospital admissions by 13% compared with standard paramedics.
The draft guidance also makes wider recommendations about emergency and acute medical services to standardise care across the NHS. It supports NHS England’s Five Year Forward View for the future of emergency medical services.
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