Upcoming EMS changes to make service better

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Changes to the way emergency medical services are provided are on the horizon, and they may come to Mexia in the next year or so. Mexia Fire Department’s Mike Clements, who trains paramedics as well as the Department’s officers, spoke of some of these changes to the Rotary Club of Mexia recently.

“We’re finally in a spot where this is going to happen in the next few years: the transition from traditional care that we have now to what is called mobile integrated health care,” Clements said.

The proposed changes are being developed across the nation and an example is happening in Reno, where intoxicated patients are not always taken to an emergency room, but rather to a detox center.

“That’s a better place for them to be,” Clements said. “Its a much more cost efficient place for them to be. Emergency departments are traditionally really good at what they do, but they are the most expensive place to go for health care.”

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