Stuttgart (dpa/lsw) – From this Friday onwards, paramedics, who are often the first to arrive with an ambulance, can take more medical measures. The state of Baden-Württemberg has now created the legal basis for this. New skills include administering pain medication, for example. “We are taking an important step towards better emergency care,” Interior Minister Thomas Strobl (CDU) told “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” (Friday). He sees several advantages in the new regulation: first responders’ skills would be fully utilized, patients would benefit from faster initial care, and emergency room doctors would be relieved.
Emergency services in the South West had to handle 1.35 million missions last year, a new record. In many regions of the country, they are therefore unable to comply with legal requirements and are often late. The change, already initiated by the federal government in early 2021 and now being implemented by the state, should provide an initial remedy. This is real progress for the German Red Cross. “Now our people can finally put what they have learned into practice. And patients no longer have to wait for an emergency doctor every time they are given painkillers,” said Udo Bangerter from the DRC.
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