The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) Advanced Provider Response Unit (APRU) pilot program launched at the end of 2019 and has shown progress since its initiation.
An APRU team consists of a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant and a firefighter paramedic. The goal is to assess patients in the field, perform simple interventions and re-direct patients to appropriate levels of care without the need for ambulance transport or an emergency room visit.
Recently, one APRU team assigned to the Antelope Valley, known as AP17, assisted an elderly patient who frequently calls 9-1-1. The team performed a welfare check, updated the patient’s prescriptions and worked with her primary physician to ensure that she receives home health visits. This case is just one example of how APRUs are providing a comprehensive and positive impact across the communities served.