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City kills attempt to reduce habitual 911 calls

Paramedics would have visited the most frequent users of ambulances to get them appropriate care

By Susan Essoyan

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 03, 2013

~~<p>A &quot;community paramedic&quot; program intended to reduce overuse of ambulances by chronic 911 callers has been dropped by the new city administration, but the state hopes to start a similar effort.</p>
<p>The Honolulu Emergency Services Department, led at the time by Dr. James Ireland, created a community paramedic team in November after research revealed that the top 10 callers to 911 had taken an average of 52 ambulance rides per year. One logged 142 trips in the year before he died.</p>
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A "community paramedic" program intended to reduce overuse of ambulances by chronic 911 callers has been dropped by the new city administration, but the state hopes to start a similar effort.

The Honolulu Emergency Services Department, led at the time by Dr. James Ireland, created a community paramedic team in November after research revealed that the top 10 callers to 911 had taken an average of 52 ambulance rides per year. One logged 142 trips in the year before he died. Login for more...



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