Nearly 2,000 EMTs and paramedics will be begin temporarily working at nursing homes in the Los Angeles area to help alleviate COVID-19-related staffing shortages, according to a report.
Dr. Marianne Gauche-Hill, the medical director for LA County’s Emergency Medical Services, tells laist.com. EMTs and paramedics will be able to administer inhalers and intravenous medications under the direct supervision of a nurse or doctor.
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“A number of these EMTs are furloughed and can’t get a position right now, so this creates a unique opportunity for us to leverage that workforce to help out in COVID-related response,” she told the website.
Some nursing homes have faced staff shortages after testing positive for the virus, according to the report.
The California National Guard is currently staffing five nursing homes in L.A. County. Gauche-Hill says that is only a temporary solution.